State Sen. Paolino up for re-election

State Sen. Paolino up for re-election

Thomas J. Paolino has announced his candidacy for state Senate, District 17 representing Lincoln, North Providence and North Smithfield. Paolino has served in the role for two years, elected upon the retirement of Sen. Edward J. O’Neill.

Paolino said he has worked tirelessly to protect the taxpayers, voting against the Pawtucket Red Sox deal, “especially the House version which added an addition $54 million in debt service.” He said he will continue to be a “watchdog in the Senate,” voting against bad legislation “intended for self-interest over public interest.”

He continued, “I have delivered my promises of lowering taxes for my constituents with the car tax phase-out, saving taxpayers in our district over $1 million.”

Paolino supported safe school efforts by voting for red flag legislation, and fought on behalf of Lincoln as a member of the Senate Finance Committee, resulting in an additional $8.4 million for building the new Lincoln High School.

Additionally, Paolino co-sponsored legislation to combat the opioid crisis as a member of the Health and Human Services Committee.

He also promised to continue to improve the business landscape in his district, attracting new businesses and retaining the existing ones.

“It would be an honor and privilege to once again be your voice and representative in the Rhode Island Senate,” he said. “Together, we can work for a better state. I respectfully ask for your support and vote. I pledge to represent you with a common sense approach, making educated decisions with class, dignity and pride while putting your interests above all.”