When Gov. Lincoln Chafee was touring storm-ravaged Glocester in the days after Hurricane Sandy slammed into the East Coast, liquor store owner Kevin Kitson had a chance to talk to him about business matters and one of the issues that came up was the stateâ€™s 7 percent sales tax on alcohol.
Kitson, longtime owner of Christyâ€™s Liquors in Chepachet, told Chafee that not only would eliminating the sales tax on alcohol put more money in his pocket, it would help him and other Rhode Island liquor store owners better compete with tax-free Massachusetts.
WOONSOCKET â€“ The bill was championed by animal rights groups and boosters of that most controversial of canines, the pit bull.
But Pawtucket Animal Control Officer John Holmes says state lawmakers wonâ€™t be doing the dogs any favors if they prohibit cities and towns from enforcing local bans on pit bulls.
The city banned â€śpitsâ€ť in 2004 after a series of attacks on pets and humans that caused serious injuries. Authorities also suspected illegal dog fights were being staged in Pawtucket after finding the mangled remains of deceased animals abandoned like trash.