The crowd was smaller than in years past but, once again, those in attendance tried to send an anti-tax, anti-spend message to state officials.
“They need to cut spending. It’s brutal in this state. They spend it on the wrong things and they spend way too much,” said Cathy Grayko, of Cranston.
And the governor’s budget plan took center stage.
Many of the protestors came to sound off on Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s proposal to expand the state sales tax.
“I think the guy should just go. He’s only been here three months and he’s done all this damage so far. I don’t need it for another four years,” said David O’Connell, of East Providence.
“I came out here to support them because they’re supporting us. I appreciate it,” she said.
Hairstylists have been one of the most vocal opponents to the governor’s proposal which includes taxing salon services. Leaders of the House and Senate announced this week that they will not support the tax plan.
There were a number of opponents in the crowd, too. They tried to argue that taxes are important to pay for some vital services.