budget http://ripr.org en Chafee Signs $8.7B Spending Plan for FY'15 http://ripr.org/post/chafee-signs-87b-spending-plan-fy15 <p>In a ceremony at the Statehouse today, Governor Lincoln Chafee signed into law the state's <a href="http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText/BillText14/HouseText14/H7133Aaa.pdf">budget for fiscal year 2015</a>.</p><p></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 20:27:58 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 35472 at http://ripr.org Chafee Signs $8.7B Spending Plan for FY'15 RI Senate Takes Up $8.7 Billion State Budget http://ripr.org/post/ri-senate-takes-87-billion-state-budget <p>The state Senate is expected Monday to approve a new budget for the fiscal year starting July first.&nbsp; The House of Representatives passed the spending plan early last Friday morning.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:16:59 +0000 Ian Donnis 35243 at http://ripr.org RI Senate Takes Up $8.7 Billion State Budget Mayor Avedisian: We’re Working On A New City Budget http://ripr.org/post/mayor-avedisian-we-re-working-new-city-budget <p>Warwick city officials are hammering out the details of a city budget that’s been at the center of a dispute between the city council and the mayor. Hanging in the balance is the property tax rate that will cover the new budget. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch sat down with Warwick Mayor Scott</p><p></p><p></p><p>Avedisian to find out where the city is in buttoning down the budget,&nbsp; and what residents can expect on their next tax bill.</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:40:16 +0000 Catherine Welch 35141 at http://ripr.org Mayor Avedisian: We’re Working On A New City Budget West Warwick Residents Approve Critical Budget http://ripr.org/post/west-warwick-residents-approve-critical-budget <p>Residents of West Warwick have passed a town budget that scales back services and raises taxes as part of an effort to avoid a financial crisis.&nbsp; The move is a early step for the town's path to fiscal stability.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The $86.3 million budget comes with plenty of concessions, including cuts in town programs, a 2.9 percent increase in property taxes, and reductions to public employee pensions. But town manager Frederick Presley said the concessions are necessary if West Warwick wants to avoid bankruptcy.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 12:29:41 +0000 John Bender 34042 at http://ripr.org West Warwick Residents Approve Critical Budget More Medicaid Enrollees: It's Not Just About The Money http://ripr.org/post/more-medicaid-enrollees-its-not-just-about-money <p>As you may know, far more Rhode Islanders signed up for Medicaid than expected recently. And the state is on the hook for millions more dollars than anticipated to care for them. The federal government is picking up the tab for now for people who became newly eligible for the program under the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, which Rhode Island opted to accept (unlike some other states). That allowed childless adults, men and women, earning less than a certain amount a year, to get health insurance, some perhaps for the first time. Fri, 09 May 2014 18:29:09 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 33328 at http://ripr.org Pawtucket Mayor Unveils Budget With No Tax Increase http://ripr.org/post/pawtucket-mayor-unveils-budget-no-tax-increase <p>Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien has proposed a budget that excludes any tax hike for residents or businesses. The proposed 112-million dollar budget includes buying a rescue vehicle to cut overtime costs, giving schools 600-thousand extra dollars, and setting aside money in the rainy day fund. Grebien said the arrival of new businesses, cuts in city staff, and grant revenue helped craft the budget.</p> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 13:51:32 +0000 Catherine Welch 32624 at http://ripr.org Proposed Cranston Budget Doesn’t Hike Property Taxes http://ripr.org/post/proposed-cranston-budget-doesn-t-hike-property-taxes <p>Cranston residents will face no property tax increase next year under a budget proposed Tuesday night by Mayor Allan Fung.&nbsp;He has submitted a $262 million spending plan that would fully fund the city’s annual pension obligations while not hiking property taxes.</p><p></p><p>The average Cranstonian pays $5,000 a year in property taxes. Fung admits that’s high, but says just keeping taxes from rising has been a challenge given state funding cuts and the devastation caused by the great flood of 2010.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:03:39 +0000 Flo Jonic 31419 at http://ripr.org Proposed Cranston Budget Doesn’t Hike Property Taxes FY '15 Budget Aims To Rein In Medicaid Spending, Add Integrated Health Services http://ripr.org/post/fy-15-budget-aims-rein-medicaid-spending-add-integrated-health-services <p>I'm combing through a Rhode Island Senate Fiscal Office summary of Governor Lincoln Chafee's FY 2015 budget proposal - a handy document that summarizes the item in question and analyzes its potential impacts. In health care, there's lots to digest.</p><p>But here are a few items that have caught my eye so far. And keep in mind, these are all still up for debate.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:29:08 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 29641 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Parsing Out Gov. Chafee's Final Budget Proposal http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-parsing-out-gov-chafees-final-budget-proposal <p>Gov. Lincoln Chafee has delivered his final state budget proposal and delivered his final State of the State address. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay parses Chafee’s last hurrah.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The cliché says: show me your budget and I’ll figure out your priorities. When it comes to Gov. Chafee’s final budget, that may be a trite description, but it’s true.</p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 13:58:54 +0000 Scott MacKay 27900 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: Parsing Out Gov. Chafee's Final Budget Proposal Governor Chafee To Give Final State Of The State http://ripr.org/post/governor-chafee-give-final-state-state <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee will unveil his last state budget during a State of the State address Wednesday at the Statehouse. As Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis reports, Chafee announced last year he wouldn’t seek re-election</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Chafee will present his spending plan during a public address to the legislature, which typically makes significant changes to the budget before ending its session in June. During a recent interview, Chafee said his spending priorities remain unchanged.</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 17:17:34 +0000 Ian Donnis 27713 at http://ripr.org Governor Chafee To Give Final State Of The State