Re-elect Jan Malik District 67

re-elect jan malik

Serving the public: Don’t make promises you can’t keep

By Jan P. Malik


Imagine a rookie playing for the Red Sox who claims he will win Rookie of the Year honors, along with a batting crown, Gold Glove and also lead the league in steals. Even Red Sox Nation might be a little skeptical.

Imagine a candidate for a seat in the General Assembly claiming he will fix our economy, attract jobs to our state, correct our structural deficit and never miss a day of session.

Democracy is a process and the General Assembly is a body of 113 individuals. Progress is often slow and requires cooperation and collaboration. No one person, no matter how good his or her ideas, can bring enormous change, instantly, and certainly cannot do it alone.

My opponent in the District 67 election says he will reform Rhode Island’s tax structure and create jobs. He will reduce the state sales tax and eliminate the motor vehicle excise tax.

Lofty goals, and possibly something he could accomplish if he were elected King of Rhode Island and could simply order these things to happen. But he needs to realize that, as one of 113 legislators, he will have to work with others to accomplish anything and many of those other legislators may not agree with all his ideas.

He does not say what the fiscal impact of his plans are. Reducing the sales tax, for instance, would leave a $256 million annual hole in the state budget. Eliminating the auto excise tax would force cities and towns across the state to fill a $200 million hole in their collective budgets, money that will not be restored by the state, as it was in the past. What will the municipalities have as an option other than raising property taxes?

How does Mr. Costa propose to close this enormous financial gap? He doesn’t say. But then, apparently, he doesn’t really care how it impacts regular taxpaying families. In a recent article in the Warren Gazette, he acknowledged that he only pays sales tax, so I guess when cities and towns are forced to raise property taxes or auto taxes to address the enormous holes his plan will create, it won’t affect him.

So much for electing a Representative who has a clue what it’s like to be a normal Barrington and Warren resident, who pays taxes.

In the waning days of the election, Mr. Costa seems to be getting desperate. Why else would he mail out a brochure with attacks on me that are simply untrue. He claims I am somehow meddling with women and their insurance coverage, that I have not fought for appropriate funding for our regional school district, that my vote on pension reform has hurt police and firefighters and teachers when, in fact, the pension reforms we implemented are saving communities millions of dollars that would otherwise have to be generated through even higher property taxes.

Finally, my opponent suggests I am responsible for the 38 Studios disaster when, in fact, legislators who were voting on that financing measure for the EDC were not informed specifically where the money was headed.

I suppose if there are a lot of voters in District 67 who are gullible enough to believe Mr. Costa’s mistruths and distortions, they may vote for him.

But facts matter and the fact is I don’t make lofty promises I cannot keep. My only promise has been and continues to be that I will work as diligently as I can to help the residents of District 67 and all of Rhode Island to restore prosperity to our state.


Jan P. Malik

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Ernesto November 04, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Why would you and Malik say Portuguese people are not too bright?? Peter Costa is a Portuguese American and he will be our voice at the state house and I saw his interviews and pictures on the Portuguese Americans in Rhode Island website and he wants to have portuguese translations! I didn't see Malik on tv supporting us! All Portuguese Americans should be proud to vote for Peter Costa. I am!!
Kim November 05, 2012 at 12:10 PM
I'm not saying Jan Malik is the best Representative we have ever had, nor does he say he is. However, being a middle class homeowner (tax payer), and parent of 2 children, I think I have to ask myself, "Can a person who lives with Mommy and Daddy, no matter how smart he is, really get it?" It's been almost 20 years since I've had the "luxury" of living with my parents, and occasionally I think back to how easy it was, and how little about the real world I really knew back then, even though I graduated from college and had a job. I applaud Mr. Costa for being a go-getter and wanting to make change, and I'm sure he is very educated and "book smart" about the position he's running for, but he's inexperienced at life. Come back in 10 years, Mr. Costa, after you've been employed, owned a home, and most importantly, lived like a grown-up and I'll be happy to vote for you, but just not yet.
John Geils November 08, 2012 at 06:25 PM
It's too bad that "Still Broke" uses this forum to take cheap shots at Rep Malik, regarding pricing at his liquor store. If you knew what you were talking about you would realize that pricing at all liguor stores is almost the same with very little difference, the difference depends on which store hapens to be running a sale on the item you are attempting to purchase at that time. Jan has served us well over his tenure in office, always working to bring home the bacon to Warren and has equally shared his interest in the Barrington residents that he serves there as well. Costa boasted himself as an "Independent Voice' but took all the Repubilican money he could, that's the future lawyer in him talking! Why would anyone vote for a college student who might not be able to put the necessary time into attending the legislative sessions if he is in class? He also didn't commit past the next two years. It takes time to establish yourself in the legislature and devlope a working relationship with fellow representative which Jan has done so well. He has never shown any special interest in selfishness becuase he is there to serve, not deserve. No one mentions all the extra time he has spent serving on various committes and attending soical events. I watched the Bristol 4th of July parade, he marched in it repersenting his district. Give this guy the credit he has earned and only hope that he can continue to represent our interest for a long time to come!
@RightInRI November 08, 2012 at 06:50 PM
Marching in the Bristol 4th of July parade and attending social events doesn't necessarily make someone a great politician....except in RI of course.
Denny Souza November 10, 2012 at 02:07 AM
I am Portuguese, I voted for Jan. I vote for his expertise, not his nationality. Hope to see him in next years "Fourth of July Parade".


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