Joan Chabot Candidate Senate District 11
Source: Joan Chabot Senate District 11 Campaign
With our communities’ recent experience, TOLLS are a real concern. With the state’s effort to begin tolling truckers (ie. business), this will again open the door to the real possibility of tolling everyone. This proves the point - put up one toll (Sakonnet River Bridge) and more will follow across the state. We all know once a gantry goes up, it’s very hard to get it down. And why would we want to put another barrier in place to prevent business from coming to Rhode Island?
I believe the maintenance of ROADS and BRIDGES is another concern. For decades, Transportation Bonds have been on the state ballot for voter approval to build/maintain our roads and bridges. Sounds like a great idea, everyone wants to see roads and bridges repaired. In the long run, you pay more in debt service than you get in actual maintenance. There has to be a better way. There are several proposals (RhodeWorks and P3) that require careful research/consideration. Having a sound state infrastructure plan is critical to attracting and keeping business in Rhode Island.
These two concerns lead us to another – ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. The majority of the tax burden in our communities continues to be on the homeowner. The number one concern for taxpayers is property taxes on your home and vehicles. Residential development continues to put a burden on the towns for schools and town services. More business development is needed to diversify the tax base. This applies state wide. Lessons learned from the 38 Studios debacle is the government should not be involved in funding business development, but should focus on the barrier to growth in Rhode Island.
WHY VOTE FOR JOAN CHABOT
I am running for the Senate District 11 seat to represent and serve our communities using my 33 years management experience in the private sector combined with my five years on the Tiverton Town Council in addressing the many challenges facing our state that directly impact our towns, our residents and our businesses. I know how to approach an issue by doing the research, reaching out and listening to people’s opinions and concerns, reviewing available options and using facts, not emotion, to make informed, common sense decisions. I’m a hardworking individual who is a fiscal conservative. I will strive to maintain an open door communication policy with local town councils, town administrators and school committees to ensure that we are a team focused on the right issues.