Fed Up in RI Testimony in Opposition to the appropriation of $12,499,288, Million Dollars for 38 Studios Bond Payment

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Fed Up in RI’s “NOTICE” and Formal Statement in Opposition to H 7454 A

Dear Honorable President of the Senate, M. Teresa Paiva Weed and Senate Representatives,

Please take “NOTICE” that Fed Up in RI stands in firm Opposition to the unconstitutional appropriation of $12,499,288, million dollars at the request of Governor Gina Raimondo for 38 Studios Debt Service contained in H 7454 SUBSTITUTE A AS AMENDED – ARTICLE 1 – RELATING TO MAKING APPROPRIATIONS IN SUPPORT OF FY 2017 ENTITLED, AN ACT MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE STATE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2017 (incorporated on line 26 of page 3 – and in the technical appendix supporting document to the Governor’s FY 2017 budget proposal).

Fed Up In RI maintains, this misappropriation of public funds is requested under false pretenses in the furtherance of fraud and obstruction of justice to conceal public corruption from being exposed through the use of the “moral obligation” deceptive practice being employed, without voter approval, to extract involuntary waivers of Rights retained by the People through collusion, coercion and unlawful means of compulsion and theft, under the color of law.

Therefore, we hereby reserve and invoke all our constitutionally protected Rights which are not waived, by withholding our consent for good cause, to the passage of H 7454 SUBSTITUTE A in opposition to the appropriation of the sum of money in Article 1 of the budget for fiscal year 2017 of $12,499,288, million, and any and all payments for the Bond debt of the former Economic Development Corporation (EDC), now known as ‘The Commerce Corporation’, in assuming their debt payments to the bondholders of the 38 Studios bonds.

Rhode Island simply cannot afford to pay this additional undue burden being extorted from the People of this small state; whereas, the only duty of Moral Obligation the state of Rhode Island owes – is first and foremost to it’s Citizens. Thus to place this appropriation as an additional burden upon each individual taxpayer, to honor a private corporation debt of significant sums for payment to ‘private’ non-governmental brokers, bondholders and unknown recipients, without any public approval or consent from these citizens who already pay one of the highest sales-tax rates and highest top income-tax rates in the nation – is not only dishonorable, but in violation of our State Constitution and Rights Retained by the People.

WHEREAS; Article VI, Section 16. of our Constitution states that: “Section 16. Borrowing power of general assembly. — The general assembly shall have no powers, without the express consent of the people, to incur state debts to an amount exceeding fifty thousand dollars, except in time of war, or in case of insurrection or invasion; nor shall it in any case, without such consent, pledge the faith of the state for the payment of the obligations of others. This section shall not be construed to refer to any money that may be deposited with the state by the government of the United States”: and

WHEREAS; Article VI, Section 1, of the Rhode Island Constitution states that: “Constitution supreme law of the state. – This Constitution shall be the supreme law of the state, and any law inconsistent therewith shall be void.” and

WHEREAS; Article III, Section 3, of the Rhode Island Constitution states that: “Section 3. Oath of general officers. — All general officers shall take the following engagement before they act in their respective offices, to wit: “You being by the free vote of the electors of this state of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, elected unto the place of do solemnly swear (or, affirm) to be true and faithful unto this state, and to support the Constitution of this state and of the United States; that you will faithfully and impartially discharge all the duties of your aforesaid office to the best of your abilities, according to law: So help you God.” Or: “This affirmation you make and give upon the peril of the penalty of perjury”.

Due to the documented Fraud and highly questionable process employed thus far, Fed Up in RI requests, in the spirit and duty of upholding your Oaths of Office, that you withhold your approval of the proposed appropriation of $12,499,288, million dollars submitted by Governor Gina Raimondo for 38 Studios Debt Service payment contained in ARTICLE 1 in the Budget introduced on February 3, 2016 for H 7454, by voting against the Appropriations Act FY 2017.

To do otherwise, we will consider to be a deliberate violation of your constitutional and fiduciary duties and in breach of the public’s trust, and may well be in violation of the non-delegation doctrine, and (OC) etc.

Therefore, acting individually, and on behalf of Fed Up in RI and those in membership, please consider this correspondence, along with our “NOTICE” and Formal Statement in Opposition to H 7454 SUBSTITUTE A attached, our official written testimony for the Record in Opposition to the passage of H 7454 with the appropriation of $12,499,288, million dollars for 38 Studios Debt Service.

Further, WE, individually and collectively reserve our rights to seek any and all remedies available under the law for redress of our grievances, including but not limited to any injuries to our Rights arising out of the passage of this ACT.

We respectfully request that you include “Fed Up in RI’s “NOTICE” and Formal Statement of Opposition to House Bill No. 7454 – be read and placed in the Permanent Record for future reference, and put into the Journal of the official file for; http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/billtext16/housetext16/h7454aaa.pdf

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Respectfully submitted,

/s/ Gloria Garvin;

individually and on behalf of FED UP IN RI and its membership

June 16, 2016




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