Chafee conflicted on house budget

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee has both praise and criticism for the state budget passed last Friday by the House Finance Committee.

Chafee says the House Finance budget includes steps to achieve many of his goals. The governor says those include a balanced budget, aid for cities and towns, and increased spending on education and transportation.

Chafee also cites disappointment that the legislature didn't follow his proposal to lower the sales tax from seven to six percent and extend it to currently exempt items. Instead, the Finance Committee wiped out most of his reliance on new tax revenue.

Chafee spokesman Michael Trainor wouldn't say whether the governor plans to sign the budget passed by House Finance. But in a statement, Chafee says he plans to continue working with the General Assembly.

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