PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The failed 38 Studios deal put the state of Rhode Island on the hook for around $90 million and quickly turned into one of the most controversial issues in Rhode Island.
Now, in the midst of a campaign season, the issue is more polarizing than ever. A recent poll conducted by Eyewitness News and the Providence Journal showed voters were split on the issue, and – keeping with the trend – the candidates hoping to be Rhode Island’s next governor can’t seem to agree either.
- Interactive Chart: Where They Stand | Gubernatorial Candidates
- May 2014 Poll: Voters Split on 38 Studios
- In-Depth: Ted Nesi, Tim White break down poll results
Of the seven candidates actively campaigning to replace Lincoln Chafee on Smith Hill, three believe the state should pay back the loans and four say it shouldn’t.
On the side of paying back the loan: Democrats Clay Pell, Gina Raimondo and Angel Taveras. On the other side: Democrat Todd Giroux, Republicans Ken Block and Allan Fung, and Independent Tom Davis.Eyewitness News is taking a look at the candidates for governor and where they stand on certain key issues. The following is each candidate’s take on paying back the highly controversial 38 Studios bond loan.
Coming up tomorrow: Tune in to Eyewitness News at 6 to find out how each candidate feels about standardized testing in Rhode Island schools.