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4:36 am
Thu July 22, 2010

RI gubernatorial candidates meet at debate

Providence, R.I. – The candidates for governor touched on taxes, budget deficits and immigration during a forum at a Providence retirement community.

General Treasurer Frank Caprio is the only Democrat left in the race since Attorney General Patrick Lynch quit last week. During yesterday's forum, Republican John Robitaille said it would be dangerous to have both the executive and legislative branches controlled by one party. Moderate Party candidate Ken Block said Caprio would be a ``machine-anointed'' governor if he were elected.

Block also went after the other front-runner, independent Lincoln Chafee, who has proposed a 1 percent sales tax for all items that are currently exempt. Block says the proposal would raise the burden on people without closing the budget deficit.

Chafee says the sales tax is less regressive than property and income taxes, and the state must do something to close budget deficits or businesses won't want to move to Rhode Island.