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Teachers Guild critical of Baldelli-Hunt on tax issue

May 27, 2012

WOONSOCKET – The Woonsocket Teachers Guild has issued a statement criticizing State Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt's handling of the supplemental tax increase issue.
The teachers union described Baldelli-Hunt's “waffling position” on the tax increase as resulting in the measure being sent back to committee.
The statement issued by the Guild maintained that while “there has been much debate over whether this supplemental tax increase is the best solution for Woonsocket, right now the schools have no other current alternative to fund operations.”
The Guild maintained that the state needed to step up and fund schools properly.
“Absent state support, the City must step in to provide the funding or the state representatives should be working on an alternative plan,” the statement said.
Woonsocket Teachers Guild President Jeffrey Partington pointed to the issue as political maneuvering that could hurt city children.
“The obvious use of this crisis to make or break political careers by using schoolchildren as pawns rather than come up with a workable solution is unforgivable,” Partington said.
He asked what alternative the city's representatives would propose in place of the supplemental tax.
“I understand, it is painful for the taxpayers,” Partington offered. “But if not this, then what?”.
“If Representative Baldelli-Hunt cannot vote for the plan, then can we have an alternate plan?” he added. “Finding out whodunit is nice, but even after we have identified the guilty, we still need a plan. Leaders lead in a time of crisis; politicians look to blame someone else.”
The statement concluded by saying it urges Woonsocket’s representatives to either support the supplemental tax increase as part of the solution or participate in the creation of a workable plan to fund Woonsocket Schools.
Mayor Leo T. Fontaine has said the appointment of a budget commission appears to be imminent, and might even happen before the City Council meets tonight at 7 to consider a formal resolution asking for one.


State to step up with more cash

May 29, 2012 by Retired Educator (not verified), 3 years 13 weeks ago
Comment: 1354

Why should the State give Woonsocket more money. Your school department is responsible for mismanagement for over spending your budget. The deficit is your responsiblity. Accept it! I feel sorry for the taxpayers of Woonsocket this is not their fault. You have an out of control school department.

The issue is the state law that allowes school departments to operate independently from city government. The cities need to have more control of the finances of school departments.

No surprise here.

May 27, 2012 by sinking fast (not verified), 3 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 1340

If they're so dedicated,why don't they donate the last few weeks to the kids?After all,they're getting full time pay and benefits for what is,essentially,a part time job.

Stop calling it a supplemental tax bill.......

May 27, 2012 by Marcel (not verified), 3 years 14 weeks ago
Comment: 1339

Say it, "this so called supplemental tax bill is also a permanent tax increase"...period! It's not that supplemental "only once will do it" tax bill they seem to continue calling it. It's a 17% biggie....
Woonsocket Teachers Guild President Jeffrey Partington hasn't a clue that the good old days are gone forever. The way State Rep. Lisa Baldelli-Hunt is handling the supplemental tax increase issue is commendable. Mr. Partington is acting as though all residents can afford such an increase in their taxes.

Nobody's talking much about how all this came about with a once almost stabilized Woonsocket being torpedoed by the school department's over spending. Teracher's Guild memmbers need to be focusing their fingers pointing in the diection the wind is blowing...
I'm sitting here wondering if Mr. Partington is a resident of Woonsocket who’s being personally affected by this proposed tax increase or an immune outside of the city resident.

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