Chafee to unveil budget proposal tonight

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee has briefed leaders of the General Assembly on his budget proposal a day before he publicly announces his strategy for addressing the state's budget deficit.

Chafee, an independent, met with state House and Senate leaders Monday afternoon in the Statehouse. Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed would not reveal details of Chafee's proposal. She said Chafee avoided budget details during the meeting and instead presented his "overarching vision" for the budget.

"He's taking a very strong leadership role," she told reporters following her meeting with Chafee.

Details of Chafee's budget recommendation will be released at 7 p.m. Tuesday when Chafee addresses the General Assembly.

Rhode Island faces a projected deficit of $295 million for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

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