Dear Barrington Voters,
After the State House redistricting in 2011, District 67 has changed from 70% Warren and 30% Barrington to 60% Barrington and 40% Warren making District 67 a majority Barrington district for the first time in two decades. On November 6th there will be many new voters in District 67, voters who deserve a clear choice.
My name is Peter Costa, Jr. and I’m running for State Representative in District 67 (Barrington, Warren) because I believe Rhode Island’s future can and will be exceptional once again. I am energetic, hardworking, and most importantly accountable. For almost two decades, the people of District 67 have been represented by incumbent Warren resident Jan Malik who missed 876 votes in the last five years. He missed the 2004 Affordable Housing Mandate and he did not vote against the 2010 Jobs Guaranty Legislation (38 Studios Loan Guarantee) costing the Rhode Island taxpayers over $100 million dollars.
The citizens of District 67 have not had a voice in their government and the future is too important to have someone representing us who neglects his basic duty and does not do his job. Barrington and Warren deserve a legislator who leads and who votes.
As a lifelong resident of our town and graduate of the Barrington Public Schools, I am your neighbor and I know residents of Barrington are ready for new ideas, a new vision and new results for a better future. On my first day as Representative in January, I will lead a new initiative to ensure that our laws give every Rhode Islander the opportunity to prosper. My number one priority is to reform Rhode Island’s tax structure to create jobs. My plan for tax reform includes: a reduction in the state sales tax, a 1% cap on property taxes, and the elimination of the motor vehicle tax. I will also work to repeal the 10% Affordable Housing Mandate so as a town we can consider alternatives: Senior Housing, a town park, recreational fields, and protection of our natural environment and open space.
If we elect legislators who understand how changes in public policy can spur economic growth, together we’ll lead the country in our job growth statistics, not our unemployment rate and debt/GDP ratio. With new legislators and a mandate for growth and tax reform, we will create a business environment in Rhode Island that makes us competitive again with our New England neighbors. I am running for the General Assembly because I understand that manufacturing, tourism, hospitality and healthcare are our leading industries and they will help drive our economic recovery and create new jobs for Rhode Islanders.
I have visited over 3,700 homes and a number of businesses in Barrington and Warren and I hear a clear message: “Make our government more efficient and accountable so our state can prosper once again!” I have also seen first-hand the damage this prolonged recession has had on families in our community and they need our help. Therefore, we must provide the most vital services to our residents while rebuilding our economy. In 2011, Rhode Island ranked last in the nation for business competitiveness and 1,265 more people left Rhode Island than established a residency here.
Let’s take a big step in the right direction: cut waste in our state government, lower taxes for our residents and their businesses, and re-establish Rhode Island as a great place for public education. Let’s get started on the great Rhode Island comeback with smart, accountable, and common sense government.
Thank you for your VOTE for Peter Costa, Jr. on November 6th! -- Peter Costa, Jr.