In Rhode Island politics, corruption is nothing new, so when former Speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives Gordon Fox pled guilty this week to federal corruption charges, it wasn’t a complete shock. And earlier this year when House Deputy Majority Whip Joseph Almeida was arrested for similar charges of misappropriating campaign funds, it was no real surprise. What’s somewhat disturbing about these cases is that both men were serving in the senior leadership of the House when they were arrested. The rot has reached right to the core in Rhode Island government.
Rhode Island’s economy and government budgets are in terrible shape. I’ve detailed the dire straits of Rhode Island’s municipal finances on my RIP Map here.