Ballot questions give voters a chance to reshape the state's political and economic landscape

The seven statewide referendum questions before Rhode Island votersthis year are a snapshot of economic and social requests. They addressissues of ethics and accountability, and expansion of casino gambling ina time of increasing interstate competition.

Other questions relate to bond requests and in some cases addresspriorities of past years that remain unmet, such as housing creation andexpansion of veterans services. In other cases, such as theestablishment of a $20 million amount for a campus innovation centeraffiliated with the University of Rhode Island, they represent newinvestment ideas.

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