John Hawkins en Is there land deal $$ for former Senate Majority leader John Hawkins buried in the budget? <p>As tonight’s budget debate in the R.I. House creaks along, some sharp-eyed lawmakers should be asking&nbsp; some hard questions about the item for a capital budget request of more than $3 million to purchase a vacant lot near the State House wedged between the Veterans Memorial Auditorium and the state employee credit union building. . The provision was put in by Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s administration and originally proposed paying $3.5 million for the land, according to fiscal analysis done by House financial staffers.</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 19:57:11 +0000 Scott MacKay 17442 at