Advocates for Rhode Island’s cities and towns are criticizing the budget passed Tuesday by the House Finance Committee. The Finance Committee cut a planned increase in state aid to local communities.
The Finance Committee cut back a hike in local aid proposed by Governor Lincoln Chafee in his budget. The associate head of the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns, Peder Schaefer, also serves on Woonsocket’s budget commission. He said the reduced aid will hurt struggling communities.
"For Woonsocket, I mean, this is $1.4 million, which is a big nut. It’s close to what the supplemental tax is on top of that," said Schaefer.
Chafee’s office says many communities already budgeted the aid they expected from the governor’s budget. Legislators said they had to make the cuts due to lower than expected state revenue.
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