April 12, 2018

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Note to Mayor Fung: #GinaDidThat

Fung’s Proposals Copied From Gov. Raimondo’s Accomplishments

Mayor Allan Fung’s recent economic proposals make it clear that the failed candidate hasn’t been paying attention to what’s been happening in the state he is running to lead: several of his ideas are things that Governor Gina Raimondo has already done.

Since taking office, Raimondo has worked tirelessly to spur economic growth in Rhode Island and get red tape out of the way of individuals and small businesses. So, let’s take a look at Mayor Fung’s recent proposals that look uncannily similar to Raimondo’s record:

  • Phasing Out the Car Tax
    • Mayor Fung said: “The Car Tax is an unnecessary burden placed on the taxpayers of Rhode Island and it is time for it to be eliminated!
    • Governor Raimondo did: “Governor signs $9.2B budget, clears way for car tax phaseout” (Providence Journal, 8/3/17)
  • One-Stop Business Navigation Center
    • Mayor Fung said: “The Concierge Center is a one-stop location for startups and business owners, walking them through the process from business plan to ribbon cut as quickly and as stress-free as possible. A business owner will be working with the same economic development professional from start to finish.”
    • Governor Raimondo did: In 2015, Raimondo launched the Business Navigation Center, a “one-stop shop for existing business looking to grow and new businesses looking to move to here, making government an effective partner in promoting innovation and creating jobs.”(Office of the Governor, 9/14/15)
  • Cutting Red Tape
    • Mayor Fung said: “In the first six months we are going to comb through every single occupational licensing, permitting, and business incorporation fee we charge.”
    • Governor Raimondo did: “15 changes to R.I.’s small-business regulations that Gov. Gina Raimondo is proposing in her budget plan for next year aim to make life a little less annoying for small businesspeople and their customers.” (Providence Journal, 1/25/18)

“Alan Fung got caught copying Gina Raimondo’s homework,” said DGA Communications Director Jared Leopold. “Governor Raimondo’s focus on growing Rhode Island’s economy has paid off for the businesses and workers of the state, so it’s no wonder that Mayor Fung wants to copy her work. Alan Fung should pay closer attention to what’s actually happening in Rhode Island before announcing his plans for its future.”