Fasteson pledges to stop 'nickel and dime culture' at State House

Fasteson pledges to stop 'nickel and dime culture' at State House

SMITHFIELD - In a press release this week, David Fasteson, Democratic candidate for State Senate District 22, said that he has "pledged to stop ... the 'nickel and dime culture' at the State House, where numerous small fees add up to hurt middle class families."

He added, "Working families in Smithfield, North Providence and Johnston are having too many small expenses heaped on them, while those with the most connections are making off scot-free. Just this year, insiders at the State House raised the gas tax and the vehicle inspection fee while cutting the estate tax for the richest families in Rhode Island."

Fasteson said that if he is elected to the State Senate, he will "put a stop to this," adding, "I'll work to create a tax code that's fair for all Rhode Islanders, one in which those with the most wealth and connections pay their fair share.

"It's time to make some changes at the State House," he continued. "I pledge from day one to do everything I can to change the way our state does business." Fasteson is a science teacher and community activist who lives in Smithfield with his wife Stella.