Boston. Globe: Redefine security by reinvesting in Rhode Island communities

Affordable housing, public transportation, and green jobs are key to making the U.S. safer in the long run, a R.I. senator says

By Meghan Kallman | Updated July 9, 2021, 5:23 p.m.

Here in Rhode Island, we know that to recover from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will need to rethink how we define security and reinvest in our local communities.

Last year the average Rhode Island taxpayer paid $2,941.65 in federal income taxes to the Pentagon and military — over half of that went to military contractors. Even then, the Pentagon made about $11.4 billion in payment errors in 2020. Yet, the Pentagon is due to receive a budget increase equal to the entire CDC budget for FY2022.

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