RI voters OK 5 statewide bond referendums

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Rhode Island voters have approved all five of the statewide bond referendums that were on the ballot Tuesday, Eyewitness News projects.

Question 3, which was approved, proposed borrowing $27 million to finish building a new veterans home.

Question 4, which was approved, proposed borrowing $45.5 million to finish building a new engineering school at the University of Rhode Island and fund a new innovation campus.

Question 5, which was approved, proposed borrowing $70 million for port projects at Quonset and in Providence.

Question 6, which was approved, proposed borrowing $35 million for various environmental projects.

Question 7, which was approved, proposed borrowing $50 million to spend on housing.

The combined cost of the four proposals is $365 million when estimated interest payments on the bonds are added to the price tag.

In addition, residents approved the first two ballot questions, which restored the Ethics Commission’s full authority over state lawmakers and allowed Twin River’s proposal to build a new casino in Tiverton to move forward, though the latter still needs local approval to proceed.

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