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Lawmaker proposes paying people to move to RI

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By WJAR Staff

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WJAR) - With fears of losing a congressional seat, a Rhode Island state representative has created a bill to lure people to the state.

The Qualified Family Migration to Rhode Island Act would pay "middle class" families up to $10,000 in tax credits or incentive payments to become residents for a year.

Rep. Carlos Tobon (D-Pawtucket) created the bill with hopes of boosting the population ahead of the 2020 census.

"Due to long-term and short-term negative economic trends in Rhode Island, nonresident middle class families have found it difficult to move to and settle in Rhode Island," the language of the bill says.

"Middle class families are a significant component in the quality of life and stable cultural fabric of Rhode Island. Consequently, a need exists to promote the migration of nonresident middle class families to move to and settle in Rhode Island."

The bill defines "middle class family" as "a married couple with at least one minor child or a single person with at least two (2) minor children and in which the combined household gross income is in excess of one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000)."

The program would be limited to 30,000 qualified applicants.

If the incentive program is approved, it would begin July 1, 2018, and end Dec. 31, 2020.

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