Rhode Island State House

Foulkes calls for a one-time middle-class tax cut

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Helena Buonanno Foulkes is calling on Gov. Dan McKee to give a one-time $500 tax cut to anyone earning less than $100,000.

“Our state is seeing an unprecedented surplus, but Rhode Islanders’ budgets are tighter than ever,” Foulkes said. “Every day I talk to hardworking Rhode Islanders who feel like they’re being priced out of our state, and inflation has only made their lives more difficult. As governor, I will work to lower the cost of living in our state, but we also need to give families relief–now.” 

Questions for Neary

It’s been a week since second Congressional district candidate Michael Neary’s arrest in Ohio for stalking and drug charges. Following the incident, we emailed the candidate to give him an opportunity to respond. We have yet to receive a response to our questions.

We asked for any general response, his future as a candidate, and clarification of his residence (the news article said he gave an Ohio address when arrested). We also asked him about his fundraising efforts to date.

We’re hopeful of receiving his reply.

The scorecard

          The Boston Globe recently printed a pretty good scorecard of who’s running for what, and who’s thinking of running. The actual filing deadline is still nearly three months away, so this list will continue to change. But for now, here’s what the Globe is reporting.

1st Congressional District
Democrats: Incumbent Congressman David Cicilline

Republicans: Allen Waters.

2nd Congressional District
Upon Congressman’s retirement announcement, several candidates have emerged.

Democrats: Rhode Island General Treasurer Seth Magaziner, Sarah Morgenthau, Joy Fox, Michael Neary, Cameron Moquin, , and former state Representative David Segal.

Republicans: Former Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, state Senator Jessica de la Cruz and former state representative Robert Lancia.

Independent: Pat Landry.

Governor
Democrats: Incumbent Governor Dan McKee, Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea, former CVS executive Helena Foulkes, former Secretary of State Matt Brown, and Dr. Luis Daniel Muñoz.

Republicans: Ashley Kalus, and Rey Alberto Herrera.

Lieutenant Governor
Democrats: Incumbent Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos and state Senator Cynthia Mendes.

Republicans: Jeann Lugo and Paul Pence (not on the Globe’s list)

Independent: Keith Harrison 


Secretary of State

Democrats: Gregg Amore. Amore is the only candidate to emerge thus far.

General Treasurer

Democrats: Former Central Falls Mayor James Diossa. Diossa is the only candidate to emerge thus far.


Attorney General
Democrats: Incumbent Attorney General Peter Neronha. Republicans: Charles Calenda.

Frank Prosnitz

Frank Prosnitz brings to WhatsUpNewp several years in journalism, including 10 as editor of the Providence (RI) Business News and 14 years as a reporter and bureau manager at the Providence (RI) Journal. Prosnitz began his journalism career as a sportswriter at the Asbury Park (NJ) Press, moving to The News Tribune (Woodbridge, NJ), before joining the Providence Journal. Prosnitz hosts the Morning Show on WLBQ radio (Westerly), 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday, and It’s Your Business, also on WBLQ, Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Prosnitz has twice won Best in Business Awards from the national Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW), twice was named Media Advocate of the Year by the Small Business Administration, won an investigative reporter’s award from the New England Press Association, and newswriting award from the Rhode Island Press Association.