Last year the 20 year no-bid contract was a BAD DEAL for Twin River, state revenues AND taxpayers. Twin River's Marc Crisafulli led the charge and pointed to all the areas of concern...specially calling out the Governor's own criteria for a "good deal."
This year, now that Twin River is in on the little changed deal, it is "great."
But it's not. The gross taxpayer overpayment more than doubled at $660M; we have one of the highest gaming contracts compared to other states in the country; the jobs mandate is significantly watered down, and we learned that a tech based deal should at most be 10 years.
There is good reason our statute requires a robust bidding process.
Join us in telling your Rep and Senator to vote NO on this insider deal.
The Rhode Island House of Representatives Minority Caucus (Republican) is comprised of the following elected members representing constituents who live in the following districts throughout the Ocean State: Minority Leader, Blake Filippi, District 36 (Charlestown, South Kingstown, Westerly, New Shoreham); Minority Whip, Michael Chippendale, District 40 (Foster, Glocester, Coventry); Representative John Lyle, Jr., District 46 (Lincoln, Pawtucket); Representative George Nardone, District 28 (Coventry); Representative Brian Newberry, District 48 (North Smithfield, Burrillville); Representative David Place, District 47 (Burrillville, Glocester); Senior Deputy Minority Leader Justin Price, District 39 (Exeter, Hopkinton, Richmond); Deputy Minority Leader Robert Quattrocchi, District 41 (Scituate, Cranston); Deputy Whip Sherry Roberts, District 29 (Coventry, West Greenwich). For more RI House GOP Caucus info visit www.rihousegop.org