Chafee denied access to speak at EDC meeting about 38 Studios loan guarantee

PROVIDENCE - Gubernatorial candidate Lincoln Chafee made a last-ditch effort Monday to talk to the R.I. Economic Development Corporation board of directors, waiting outside the EDC offices for Gov. Donald L. Carcieri to arrive at the board’s monthly meeting. It was for naught. After a quick handshake, Carcieri waved off Chafee’s face-to-face request to talk…

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  1. Why is Lincoln Chafee so against jobs coming to this state? If he protests all jobs ever, all he’s going to do is put Rhode Island at a disadvantage compared to neighboring states. Chafee really strikes me as a man who lives in his ivory tower, disconnected from working families who need jobs and tax relief. Why else would he propose a crazy tax ( that is focused on regressively taxing medicine, food, electricity, gas, water, heating, and education on working families?

  2. I don’t believe Lincoln Chafee is against jobs at all; it’s more about the risk to our state. My understanding of the Job Creation Guaranty Program is just that – a guarantee to the lender for what ever amount of money a company needs. $125 million would help many small companies create jobs, invest in new technology and jump-start our economy. The banks are KILLING small business without a second thought. It would be nice to know that Rhode Island cared enough about existing small companies to spread the money around. The state would see more than 450 new jobs, not to mention the number of jobs saved with a loan guarantee to our banks.