Some perspective on RI's budget

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It's neither sexy nor sensational, but it touches all of our lives - it's the state budget. And today lawmakers will dip into Rhode Island's finances, and meet for what's called the "revenue estimating conference."

That's just what it sounds like: a look the numbers to see how much there is to spend in the upcoming budget. And without federal stimulus dollars to plug a hole it's going to be a quite a task. To help make sense of what lawmakers can expect in the process, WRNI's Elisabeth Harrison spoke with Gary Sasse, former director of the State Department of Revenue. We started our conversation with where the state's balance sheet is now.