Rhode Islandâ€™s nation-worst unemployment rate, its lagging economy and projected out-year budget deficits in the hundreds of millions makes being governor a difficult job.
Allan Fung, a Republican running to be the next governor, says that is exactly what makes the position attractive to him.
â€śI want those challenges, I want those responsibilities; I really do,â€ť the three-term Cranston mayor said in an interview on Wednesday with The Times. â€śItâ€™s not about a title. Itâ€™s about the challenges this state is going to face and whoever is going to be governor, he has to be ready for it.
Editor's note: This column was first published on Feb. 24, 2014 in The Times and The Call.
One of the selling points General Treasurer Gina Raimondo employed in
pushing for the pension settlement you may have seen something about in the news lately is that it brings "certainty" and "finality" in that it puts an end not only to the slew of lawsuits challenging the 2011 law, but also the court challenges to the 2009 and 2010 pension reform efforts.
And so it does. Until the next time.
North Smithfield Rep. Brian Newberry, the House Republican leader, has