"The RI Republican party came out swinging at the pay raises being pushed for top staff by Governor Gina Raimondo. The GOP issued the following statement:"
On Friday afternoon it was reported that Governor Gina Raimondo is planning to increase salaries of her Department directors, who currently earn at least $100,000 per year, by as much as 33 percent. Rhode Island Republican Party Chairman Brandon S. Bell reacted by stating: "Taxpayers are in disbelief. Governor Raimondo has warned about Rhode Island's structural budget problems. She has implemented new taxes. She wants to impose new tolls. But, Raimondo now thinks taxpayers can afford 33 percent pay raises for high paid political appointees. Is she serious?"