The Rhode Island Statewide Coalition, a taxpayer advocacy group, is renaming itself as RI Taxpayers. Moderate Party founder Ken Block is signing on as president of the group, Donna Perry is continuing as its executive director, Lisa Blais will serve as lobbyist, and Anchor Rising blogger Monique Chartier will edit the daily e-mail newsletter.
Via news release:
“In announcing these changes, we salute the decade of commitment made by outgoing President Harriet Lloyd, who helped us build this into a statewide taxpayer presence,” says RISC founder and longtime Chairman Harry Staley. “I am also excited to see someone with the visibility, energy, and dedication of Ken Block will serve as our new President,” says RISC founder and longtime Chairman Harry Staley.
Executive Director Donna Perry says the liaisons with Ken Block and Lisa Blais are part of an effort to bring stronger unity among good government advocates. “Ken Block partnering with our statewide taxpayer group will greatly enhance our mission. The growing movement to reform the state and bring about greater fairness for the taxpayer will be far more effective if advocates speak with a more unified voice.” Perry says the new alliance with Block is the culmination of many joint efforts in recent years, which have included petitions against Binding Arbitration; supportive efforts at testimony hearings on budgets, and other legislation; and more recently, in his highly visible effort to end the state’s use of the “Master Lever” on the ballot. Perry also emphasizes the benefit of the new role of Lisa Blais: “Lisa brings seasoned experience at the Legislature as a strong and tireless taxpayer advocate who can greatly enhance our legislative monitoring abilities. We are thrilled to have this alliance with her.”
The RI Statewide Coalition was founded in 2003, as an offshoot of what was known as the RI Shoreline Coalition.