Analysis: Finding $25M In Cuts To State Spending

Jun 20, 2017

Rhode Island lawmakers are scheduled to vote later this week on the new state budget.

But the $9.2 billion spending plan leaves a question about roughly $25 million dollars in cuts needed to balance the budget. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Political Analyst Scott MacKay says under the current plan, Gov. Gina Raimondo and her staff will have to find those savings.

“There are ways of doing it that aren’t novel but they require a little bit of pain,” said MacKay.

MacKay says leaving departmental vacancies unfilled for several months can be one way of saving the state some money.

“You save the benefit and the salary load there,” said MacKay. “You can cut down on travel, you can cut down on going to conferences. There are a bunch of things that you can do, and if you put them all together, to save $25 million in this large a budget.

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Link to a full breakdown of the budget by Scott MacKay.