Supporters urge ‘yes’ vote on Question 7

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Supporters say Question 7, which asks voters to approve a $53 million bond, will help keep Rhode Island communities healthy.

“Question 7 is about cleaning up our water ways, protecting our land, purchasing farm land” Jane Coit, Director of the Department of Environmental Protection told Eyewitness News. “It also has funding for cleaning up former industrial sites.”

The specifics about how the money would be spent are wide-ranging. If approved, the bond would provide money for wastewater treatment plants, protection of Narragansett Bay, flood prevention, and the recycling of brownfield sites. In an effort to boost tourism, funding would also be provided to add more exhibits to Roger Williams Park Zoo, and keep people coming to the state’s beaches.

“It’s not acceptable to swim most of the time,” Save the Bay Executive Director Jonathan Stone said. “You ought to be able to swim all the time, not just when it doesn’t rain.”

Mike Stenhouse, from the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity says he is neither in favor or opposed to Question 7, but in regards to additionally funding for infrastructure said, “Rhode Islanders pay enough in spending.  It should be in the budget, prioritized against other budget items and not adding on to the state debt per capita.”

Question 7 is one of four statewide bond questions on this November’s ballot.

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