Fiscal 2018 budget

May is here, bringing sunshine (in theory) and a sharper read on state revenue. So thanks for stopping by. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

May is almost here, bringing a closer read on state revenue and perhaps even more sunshine. So thanks for stopping by. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome and you can follow me though the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Marvin Abney, chairman of the House Finance Committee, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the PawSox; the state budget process; whether RI spends too much money; future development in Newport; and much more.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

House Finance Chairman Marvin Abney (D-Newport) joins Political Roundtable to discuss lower than expected state revenue, and the outlook for two high-profile priorities: Speaker Nicholas Mattiello's pledge to phaseout the car tax and Governor Gina Raimondo's proposal to offer Rhode Islanders two years of free college tuition.

Ian Donnis/File Photo / RIPR

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Scores of high school students joined Governor Gina Raimondo in urging support Wednesday for the governor's proposal for two years of free college tuition. But a bipartisan cross-section of the House Finance Committee reacted coolly to the concept, and the fate of the proposal remains unclear.

Elisabeth Harrison

Governor Gina Raimondo’s plan for two years of free college tuition is grabbing most of the attention in the budget proposal for fiscal year 2018, but there’s also new funding for K-12 schools. Here are some highlights.

The governor has proposed at total of $2.6 billion for K-12 and higher education.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Health and Human Services make up a little more than 40 percent of Governor Gina Raimondo’s proposed 2018 budget. There are no huge surprises in this year’s recommendations, but much uncertainty over the fate of federal health care funding.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Gina Raimondo on Thursday presented to the General Assembly a $9.2 billion budget that cuts car tax assessments by 30 percent; offers Rhode Islanders two free years of college tuition; raises the minimum wage to $10.50 an hour, effective in July; and hikes the cigarette tax 50 cents, to $4.25 a pack.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

With her term as governor half-way over, Gina Raimondo used her latest State of the State address to assert she's steering Rhode Island in the right direction and to tout a series of initiatives that could bolster her support among middle-class voters.