It’s time to take a look as some of our General Assembly candidates. Rhode Island’s universal support for the environment keeps it out of the ProJo and off the 11 o’clock news during campaign season. That doesn’t mean the voters should forget our November 6th choices will chart Rhode Island’s path for the next two years.
Lately, the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority has been a political hot potato. One freshman legislator, however, comes to mind as having the spine to fight for the fiscal health of RIPTA despite the risk—Representative Jay O’Grady (HD 46 Lincoln, Cumberland) sponsored legislation in both 2011 and 2012 to get RIPTA off of its failing gas-tax funding and create a more sustainable source of funds for public transit in our state.
The slate of candidates endorsed by Clean Water Action this election are, as always, smart legislators who understand how to act at the nexus of environmental, public health, economic and social policy—whether it’s Representative Handy working to protect children from lead poisoning; Representative Tomasso pushing for renewable energy projects in Coventry; or Representative Tanzi fighting for transportation choices in South County. These candidates understand that protecting the environment isn’t at odds with or secondary to economic development. It is instead the foundation of it.