A conservative Rhode Island think tank says a tax proposal from Gov. Lincoln Chafee will backfire and cost the state jobs.
The Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity said Thursday that its analysis of Chafee’s plan estimates it could cost the state 1,400 private-sector jobs.
Chafee, an independent, has proposed new taxes on restaurant meals, taxi fares and pet grooming to help struggling public schools and overcome a $117 million deficit. The proposal is part of a $7.9 billion budget proposal for the fiscal year that begins July 1.
Chafee says the tax increases are modest and limited to discretionary expenses. He says the revenue is needed to fund programs and services needed to strengthen the state’s economy.
Lawmakers are now reviewing Chafee’s proposal.