2017 is the Year of the Line-item Veto in Rhode Island!

44 States give their Governor the power of a line-item veto.

RI Needs to Join the Rest of the Country!


Our Purpose



Rhode Island is only 1 out of 6 states left in the country that does not give our Governor the power of the line-item veto. 44 other states balance power between their Governors and legislators via the line-item veto. If you have had it with last minute budget shenanigans and out of control state spending, a line-item veto will help to bring balance back to our government.

With Your Help We Can win a Governor's Line-Item Veto in RI!

Help us ask Speaker Mattiello and Senate President Paiva-Weed, the two people who have the power to bring the Line-Item Veto legislation to a vote, to give our Governor a line-item veto!


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Thanks for helping!
- Ken Block


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09/24/17

Please pass Line-Item Veto legislation

To: Governor Raimondo
      House Speaker Mattiello
      Senate President Paiva-Weed
      House Majority Leader Shekarchi
      House Finance Chairman Abney
      Senate Majority Leader Ruggerio
      House Judiciary Chairman Keable
      Senate Judiciary Chairman McCaffrey
      Senate Finance Chairman DaPonte


I am writing to ask that this year you pass legislation to provide a Line-Item Veto to Rhode Island's Governor.

44 other states in our great country provide their Governors with a line-item veto - it is beyond time that Rhode Island do the same. Rhode Island's government is acting in crisis mode to RI's outlier status with our crumbling roads and bridges. You should act with equal purpose to fix our outlier status in terms of the line-item veto.

When Rhode Island stands out negatively and alone relative to most of the rest of the country it sends the wrong message about our state. The lack of a Governor's line-item veto in Rhode Island is very much a wrong message.

A line-item veto adds desperately needed transparency to our budget process. Our budget process also becomes much stronger when a Governor is able to do more than meekly pass or reject the budget in its entirety as it is delivered from the legislature. With a line-item veto, if a Governor decides to strike a line from the budget, the General Assembly can always decide to override that veto. This check and balance is what is desperately needed in Rhode Island.

Please note that I believe that a horse trade for the line-item veto is wrong. I do not believe that bringing Rhode Island in line with other states regarding the line-item veto should involve other legislation not directly relevant to RI's budget process. I hope that you agree.

77% of the states with a line-item veto have a veto override threshold of 66%. 65% of states with the line-item veto require the override threshold to be from all elected legislators, as opposed to those present on the day of the vote.

I also believe that Massachusetts' version of the line-item veto which allows the Governor to reduce a line-item as an option to just eliminating the line-item is a very good option that should be part of Rhode Island's version of the line-item veto.

44 other states do not have it wrong. Please pass a line-item veto for Rhode Island's Governor.

Sincerely,


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