I will continue to serve as a strong voice for Cranston at the State House. My focus has been on reducing the tax burden on Cranston homeowners and small businesses and ensuring Cranston schools have the resources to prepare our children for fruitful and productive careers.
A few examples:
- I initiated a phase-out of the car tax. The first three years of the plan saved Cranston car owners $10.6 million. When the tax is completely eliminated in four more years, Cranston car owners will save $21.2 million each year, and 57,000 cars in the city will not be taxed.
- Under my leadership, the state budget annually contains increased education aid and direct relief to the City of Cranston to stabilize our tax base. In the last decade, the state’s education aid has more than doubled – from $31.7 million in 2011 to $68.3 million in 2020.
- I ensured that the state budget included $5.4 million in Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) to the City of Cranston for the many state facilities located in the community. I have rejected budget proposals that would have cut PILOT funds.
I will continue to be a passionate advocate for Cranston organizations that work every day to bring a sense of community to our city. I have secured state assistance for the following community groups:
- Auburn Post 20 American Legion
- Blessed Mother Mary Food Pantry
- CLCF basketball, baseball, football, softball, golf, soccer, and track
- Comprehensive Community Action Program
- Cranston Babe Ruth League
- Cranston Western Little League
- Cranston High School West Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports
- Cranston West Alumni Association concession stand
- Cranston Historical Society for upkeep of historical buildings
- Cranston Police Department for school resource officers, radar signs
- Cranston Public Library
- Greater Cranston Chamber of Commerce
- Hope Highlands Elementary School PTO
- Oaklawn Grange
- Oaklawn School PTG
- St. Mary’s Feast Society
- St. Vincent DePaul Food Center
- Special Olympics