Almond on spending cuts

PROVIDENCE, RI – Former Governor Lincoln Almond - who celebrates his 75th birthday today (Thursday) - says he would emphasize spending cuts if he were still in office.

The Republican governor served from 1995 to 2003. If he was still in office, Almond says he would have started his budget with spending cuts and no tax increases.

"Then I would have given consideration to if I need to raise revenue I would then look at all the programs and decide which ones cut so bad that they actually hurt the competitiveness of the state and the quality of life of the state."

If taxes need to be raised, Almond says he favors a broader tax than the sales tax plan favored by Governor Lincoln Chafee. The House Finance Committee plan to roll out its response to Chafee's budget tomorrow afternoon (Friday).

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