House To Begin RI Budget Deliberations

Jun 22, 2017

The Rhode Island House will settle in this Thursday for a lengthy session to decide the state budget for the next fiscal year. The budget debate could run multiple days.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says the budget debate won’t go past 10 Thursday evening. If the spending plan isn’t decided by then, lawmakers will return to the debate Friday and possibly Saturday.

Few changes are expected before lawmakers sign off on the $9.2 billion spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1.

House Democrats wiped out a $134 million deficit without new cuts to social service programs. The budget avoids tax increases while including the first phase of a car tax phaseout, and a pilot version of Gov. Gina Raimondo’s free college tuition plan.