R.I. Senate task force calls for new way of funding school construction

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Senate task force proposes using 1 percent of the state’s 7-percent sales tax to pay for school construction projects in an effort to reduce the state’s reliance on costly bonds.

Sen. Ryan W. Pearson, D-Cumberland, outlined the report’s major findings and recommendations in an interview Tuesday. The task force, which includes school leaders from Cumberland, Pawtucket, Providence and Woonsocket, will be presented at the State House Wednesday afternoon.

With the three-year moratorium on new construction expiring in June, Pearson, who chairs the task force, said he decided to examine the condition of school buildings and the way new ones are financed.

Read more »