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NK's Craven Declines Legislative Pay Raise

"Given the economic status of our state and everyday struggles felt by Rhode Islanders, I feel that accepting any increase in compensation would be inappropriate," Craven said.

Photo: Rhode Island General Assembly
Photo: Rhode Island General Assembly
Add North Kingstown's Rep. Robert E. Craven Sr. to the list of legislators declining a pay raise this year.

Craven, who was first elected to represent District 32 in 2012, declined the 1.5 percent pay raise and in a letter to the Joint Committee on Legislative Services, said he felt accepting the raise would be inappropriate.

"Given the economic status of our state and everyday struggles felt by Rhode Islanders, I feel that accepting any increase in compensation would be inappropriate," Craven said.

Though he said he's proud of the progress made at the State House in the most-recent term, including passing the master level bill, eliminating the estate tax fiscal cliff and providing $6 million in federal funding to local businesses in Quonset, Craven said "there remains much more to be done to continue improving Rhode Island."

"As such," he said, "I must respectfully decline any pay increase."

Craven is chairman of the House Municipal Government Committee and serves on the House Judiciary and Small Business Committees.

Craven lives in Saunderstown with his wife, Susan, and is a lawyer at Robert E. Craven and Associates in North Kingstown.

He is also assistant solicitor and probate judge in Charlestown as well as assistant solicitor in East Providence.

CompassCarrier July 09, 2014 at 04:33 PM
If Sharon is the Vice Chair, she's in the Liz and Carol "faction".
Rhody61 July 09, 2014 at 04:44 PM
I don't see the debate. Craven was just named Chair of the Municipal Gov't Committee in April. There's only 10 or 11 committees in the House. That makes OUR representative one of the most influential people up there. For any sports fans among us, that's like a rookie going to the all-star game. Let him serve a full term as chair and see what he can do for us!
CompassCarrier July 09, 2014 at 07:23 PM
@Rhody61: I agree!
James LaRoche July 10, 2014 at 07:50 AM
Ahem--why did he get the Chair? Because he is a reliable party-line voter. You may be comfortable with a NK Rep who does what the Dem leadership tells him to do--like take $10M of our money to bail out Central Falls (what's next? Providence and Woonsocket?), pay $12M Studio 38 loan instead of letting the insurance we paid for take care of it--and raise taxes/fees to pay for it. I'd prefer an independant person who votes NK interests--not Providence interests.
Stephen Lemois July 21, 2014 at 06:57 AM
Craven, how much in legislative grants have you given your 'honeypot' of voters? Hmmmm?

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