Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Time to reform Rhode Island's regressive car tax say activists

A rally against the the state's car tax policies was held in front of Pawtucket City Hall on Tuesday. Lead by activist David Norton, well known for his efforts to keep the PawSox in Pawtucket, the rally and petition drive seemed very popular with city residents who were doing business at the city hall. Norton wanted to know why "Rhode Island drivers pay the highest car tax in the nation and have the worst roads. Why are Pawtucket residents paying an outrageous 5.3 percent car tax while Rhode Island's wealthiest communities, like Jamestown, pay 1.4 percent?"

Norton says that this regressive and unfair tax puts too much of a burden on the poor and middle class. he says the car tax is "hurting our local economy and killing our small businesses."

Also speaking was Gary Sasse, director of the Bryant Institute for Public Leadership at Bryant University and Rodney Barber, Independent candidate for Pawtucket City Council.

You can sign the petition here.

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