Labor rep disappointed Chafee won't tax wealthy

PROVIDENCE, RI – An organized labor representative says he's disappointed that Governor Lincoln Chafee's new budget doesn't raise income taxes on residents who earn more than $250,000 a year.

Jim Riley is secretary-treasurer of United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 328.

"There is revenue out there," Riley says. "We can't solve the problems that we have here just by cutting programs. We need revenue and this is low-hanging fruit. We just need to reach up and take it down. The majority of the people are for it."

Chafee's budget does include tax increases to fund education and offset cuts in social service programs.

Legislative leaders say they'll review the governor's spending plan. But they say tax increases should be a last resort.

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