State lawmakers debate budget proposal

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island House of Representatives is slated Thursday evening to consider an $8.1 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. Among other things, the budget increases local aid for schools, hikes the cigarette tax, and restores some aid for programs serving the developmentally disabled. Rhode Island Public Radio Political Reporter Ian Donnis went over the spending plan with two lawmakers with sharply different views on what should be in the budget: House Minority Leader Brian Newberry, a North Smithfield Republican, and Democratic Representative Larry Valencia, a Richmond Democrat.

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