Fiscal 2018 budget

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The Senate Finance Committee will vote Tuesday on the $9.2 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July first.

The House approved the spending plan on a 64-to-11 party line vote last Thursday.

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In a relatively brisk five-hour session, the House of Representatives approved on a party-line vote a $9.2 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

It may not yet be time to cue The Final Countdown, but we're getting there with House Finance signing off on a new state budget. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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This week Rhode Island lawmakers unveiled a $9.2 billion spending plan that avoids a major tax increase, while closing a $134 million deficit. How did they do it? Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison turns to our political analyst Scott MacKay.

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The House Finance Committee approved early Friday a $9.2 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. The budget begins a phaseout of the car tax while also launching a new program to offer free college tuition to students at the Community College of Rhode Island.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said Tuesday the House has substantial agreement with the Senate and the governor’s office on most issues. Through his spokesman, Mattiello said final details continue to be addressed ahead of the vote.

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Republican lawmakers on Tuesday outlined four budget priorities that they said will put the state on a path to a better economy.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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