Fiscal 2018 budget

Mid-October is here and we're zipping through the calendar. 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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State government will not shut down, even as Rhode Island moves into a new fiscal year without a new budget. Lawmakers in Rhode Island’s House and Senate failed to pass a budget before abruptly ending the General Assembly session last week.

Gov. Gina Raimondo said state departments will continue to operate following last year’s fiscal budget. Raimondo said the plan will work in the short term, but the state will soon owe money it hasn’t yet allocated for a variety of promised payouts.

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An end of session impasse erupted at the State House Friday, leaving Rhode Island state government without a budget as the new fiscal year began Saturday. 

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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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