Wed July 20, 2011
Flanders responds to critics on handling of Central Falls
By CATHERINE WELCH
PROVIDENCE, RI – Central Falls Receiver Robert Flanders Jr. has responded to criticism that his office failed to give lawmakers a plan when he asked the state for financial help.
Flanders asked lawmakers for some $7 million to plug budget holes. House Speaker Gordon Fox told WRNI that lawmakers refused to give Central Falls the money because there wasn't a plan to back up the cash. Flanders disagrees, saying current union negotiations and a public safety study kept his office from delivering details.
"Well, I think that we did give them a plan. We weren't able to articulate exactly how that plan would play out," Flanders says.
Flanders is now waiting for city workers and retirees to decide whether they'll accept proposed cuts to their benefits. If they refuse his offer, then he says it's likely Central Falls will file for bankruptcy.