The Young Democrats of Rhode Island are slapping the older Democrats in their party who run the Statehouse. In a statement, the Young Democrats take issue with the proposed state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1 that won House Finance Committee approval.
While the group ``commended’’ the Assembly for adding money for the state’s school funding formula and restoring funding for developmentally disabled citizens, the Young Democrats skewered other budget priorities.
``We find it unacceptable that this budget virtually ignores the homelessness crisis in our state, our crumbling infrastructure, and does not address job creation in a meaningful way,’’ said the statement issued by Kristina A. Fox, executive vice-president of Young Democrats of RI.
``Instead the budget continues to divert funding away from crucial public programs and gives the money to those who already have it,’’ said the statement. ``Most outrageously, rather than ask the wealthy to pay their fair share in taxes, some 6,500 of our neighbors will lose their health insurance received via RiteCare. We can and should do better than this.
``The Young Democrats of RI urges our Democratic legislature to hold true to one of the core principles of our party: that we succeed when everyone gets a fair shot, when everyone does their fair share and when everyone plays by the same rules.’’
Said Kristina Fox, ``We’ve been paying attention to the budget.’’