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1/17/2017 Rep. Barros highlights ‘Fair Shot Agenda’
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Jean Philippe Barros (D-Dist. 59, Pawtucket) is highlighting a progressive legislative agenda, titled “The Fair Shot Agenda”, that was unveiled at a press conference at the State House last week.  The four pieces of the package aim to support working families and address the growing gap between the wealthy and the middle class.  At the press conference, Representative Barros was joined by 23 other legislators at the event.

“Wealth inequality continues to escalate on a daily basis and too many of our working families are driven to despair by the lack of financial opportunity for themselves and their children,” said Representative Barros.  “Our hope is that these legislative solutions will help ease the daily burdens on the middle class and working families in our state.”

The four pieces of the Fair Shot Agenda consist of earned paid sick days, a $15 minimum wage, school building repairs, and a fairer tax system that reduces the car tax for working families by asking the wealthiest Rhode Islanders to pay their fair share.

Representative Barros is focusing his sights particularly on eliminating the car tax and is supporting Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello’s (D-Dist. 15, Cranston) proposal to eliminate the tax within five years.

“Over the course of time our tax system has been redesigned to benefit the wealthy by shifting the tax burden onto working families and this includes the car tax.  I am eager to work with the Speaker this session to finally get rid of this regressive tax on the middle class,” said Representative Barros. 

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903