Rhode Island Transportation Bonds, Question 1 (2008)

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Rhode Island Transportation Bonds, Question 1 appeared on the November 4, 2008 ballot in Rhode Island, along with one other bond question, the Open Space Bond Act. Both were placed on the ballot by the Rhode Island State Legislature.

Both bond measures were approved by voters, and the total amount is $89,715,000 ($89.715 million).

Election results

See also 2008 ballot measure election results

These results are based on the Channel 10's coverage of the election.[1]

Rhode Island Question 1 (2008)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 297,099 77%
No90,79423%

Specific Provisions

Bond Question 1 enacted the following provisions:

  • Authorized the Rhode Island state government to borrow $87,215,000.
  • With the money, provided funds to the Department of Transportation to match available federal funds and to provide direct funding for improvements to the State's highways, roads and bridges.
  • Matched available federal funds and to provide direct funding for commuter rail.
  • Purchased new buses and/or rehabilitate existing buses in the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority's bus fleet.

Supporters

Supporters included:

  • Governor Don Carcieri
  • Representative Robert Watson, R-30th District
  • Construction Industries of Rhode Island


Editorial Support:

  • The Herald News[2]
  • South County Independent[3]

Arguments in Support

Arguments made in support of the measure included:

  • Without the passage of this state bond, Rhode Island would have to return federal transportation funds totaling $436 million to Washington, D.C. Those dollars would then be redistributed to other states. Rhode Island would then get nothing for its highways and bridges for the next two fiscal years.
  • Fewer construction projects equate to fewer jobs, and there are economic ramifications that come with that, including a loss of construction jobs.
  • Funding revenues of old can no longer keep up with the aging infrastructure needs, and decisions must be made to prevent the system from drowning.

Opponents

No groups have reported raising money to oppose the referendum[4]

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