A Rhody Revival with Allan Fung

CRANSTON, R.I._”We’ve got an economy where people are hurting. We are working on creating an atmosphere that our state is open for business,” Mayor Allan Fung, Republican candidate for Rhode Island Governor, said was his campaign’s main goal. Working to create more jobs, lower taxes on small business and pump funds into the arts and culture, Fung’s campaign platform is the revival of the Rhode Island economy.

Fung’s headquarters, located in a city center in Cranston, reveal life-size Fung posters, boxes of t-shirts and steadfast volunteers, ready to greet you with stickers and smiles. The Fung team has been canvasing the neighborhoods surrounding Cranston, sharing Fung’s main message, “We are bringing Rhode Island back.”

With the recession five years out, Rhode Island has yet to fully recoup from the hit. Unemployment throughout the state remains at a staggering 7.9% as of June 2014.

The state, being home to 13 higher education institutions, sprinkled throughout the nearly 40 municipalities that comprise Rhode Island, continues to attract the youth. However, much of that population is transitory. Though they spend their four years attaining a degree from a Rhode Island school, they tend to skip town as soon as the ink on their diploma is dry. This cyclical nature effectively robs Rhode Island of fresh talent, new business owners, policy makers, taxpayers and homeowners, just to name a few.

Fung’s campaign initiatives include job creation, with the transitionary college student in mind. As a first generation American, Fung  spent much of his childhood at his parent’s Chinese restaurant. “I learned how hard it was to earn a dollar and to keep a dollar,” Fung said, “It was their [my parent’s] first steps to this country, 45 years ago, to live the American Dream, that I’m even able to do what I’m hoping to do and that’s why I’m running for governor, to ensure the next generation have that same opportunity.”

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Author: sabrinacaserta

Sabrina Caserta, born and bred in Bronx, New York, is a freelance reporter whose work has appeared in the New York Daily News and Street Sense- a homeless-run street paper located in the District. As a member of Roger Williams University’s class of 2016, Sabrina studied Journalism and Political Science. This fueled her passion for social justice reporting, including issues of homelessness, institutionalized racism, poverty, education and the environment. She also served as the Project Director of the nation-brand initiative, The Re:Imagine Jamaica Project, and as a Resident Assistant for three years. As an avid reader, health enthusiast and travel addict, Sabrina enjoys yoga, cooking and writing in her spare time. She aspires to one day be an investigative journalist and travel the world. Twitter: @sabrinacaserta Email: sabcaserta AT gmail DOT com

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