Chafee: closing deficit means cuts to govt.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee says closing an almost 300 million dollar deficit for the next fiscal year will require significant cuts to state government.

Rhode Island faces a deep deficit for the fiscal year starting next July first due to the loss of federal stimulus money. Chafee says closing that gap will require reductions in spending by many state departments.

"You have to, and it's in having fewer people do more," Chafee says. "And that's what I learned as mayor: having a motivated workforce, providing better service with fewer people. That all comes from teamwork."

Chafee expects some of the money for closing the 2012 deficit to come from his plan to impose a one percent sales tax on currently exempt items. He hopes a growing economy will also be part of the solution.

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