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(Providence Journal)   Angry resident sets fire to new electronic toll collection equipment. RI relieved that the damages were not significant enough to stop their planned collection of ten cents starting Monday   ( divider line
    More: Weird, Sakonnet River, Rhode Island, Sakonnet River bridge, resident set, E-ZPass, equipment, Providence, Kentucky, collections  
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2013-08-18 11:04:09 AM  
2 votes:
Somebody's gonna have to go back and get a shiatlaod of dimes!
2013-08-18 12:26:30 PM  
1 vote:
A bit of context: the 10-cent toll is only a legal stop-gap measure to preserve the state's ability to collect tolls until a much larger toll goes into effect later in the year. So it's not just a 10-cent toll.

A further bit of context: An unholy trinity of organized labor, progressive social interest groups, and overtly corrupt Democrat politicians have been wrecking the economy and culture of Rhode Island for decades. Every year, businesses and productive individuals flee by the thousands in search of jobs and a better standard of living (Rhode Island is one of only two states that has been losing population) while illegal immigrants flood in to fill the void, lured by loosely administered, overly generous welfare benefits. The unemployment rate has been among the highest in the U.S. for 5 years running. You might have heard about the recent 38 Studios fiasco in which the politically appointed "experts" of state's central planning board invested $100 million of taxpayer money into Curt Schilling's video game company, which swiftly went bankrupt, losing the entire investment and dumping the company workforce onto RI unemployment. The Providence corporate tax rate is the highest in the U.S. The state has been ranked dead last for business two years running. A steady cycle of RI politicians is ferried off to Federal prison on corruption charges only to return to pick up where they left off several years later. So you can see why the shrinking productive class of the state - stuck in their financially underwater homes - has become increasing vocal and radicalized.

/Not the arsonist - left Rhode Island three years ago in disgust.
//Understands the frustration
2013-08-18 11:42:13 AM  
1 vote:

You know what really grinds my gears?  Freakin' bridge tolls.
2013-08-18 11:16:12 AM  
1 vote:

*nods to skinink*
2013-08-18 10:58:53 AM  
1 vote:

Molavian: Photo caption by ee cummings.
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