FY2017 Budget

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Governor Gina Raimondo on Friday signed the $8.9 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1, calling it a "terrific" plan that will position Rhode Island for economic growth.

During a Statehouse signing ceremony, the governor applauded the General Assembly, particularly House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, for including the vast majority of her initiatives in the spending plan. She acknowledged Rhode Island still has a significant need for more jobs.

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The state Senate passed early Saturday an $8.9 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1, and sleepy lawmakers pushed their final session of 2016 past sunrise before calling it quits.

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School Improvements Bond Nixed Amid Debt Fears

Jun 8, 2016
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A $40 million dollar bond for general school improvements proposed by Governor Raimondo was removed from the state budget, approved early Wednesday morning by the House Finance Committee. The money was earmarked for various construction projects in Rhode Island’s schools.

While Rhode Island has a significant number of aging school facilities, Tim Duffy, executive director of the Rhode Island Association of School Committees, said cities and towns still will have to find other alternatives to fund improvements.

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On a 14 to 2 vote, the House Finance Committee approved early Wednesday an almost $9 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1.

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The House Finance Committee is expected to vote Tuesday night on the legislative version of Governor Raimondo’s spending plan.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello declined to release details about the budget Monday, but said "substantial agreement" had been reached.

“The budget is a complex document, so we’re looking at individual issues," said Mattiello. "And when we have a final document, you’ll see it.”

Raimondo unveiled her almost $9 spending plan in February.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello expressed sharp frustration about the circumstances that led House Finance Chairman Ray Gallison to resign Tuesday, while voicing confidence in the House of Representatives and the chamber's ability to revise the state budget without delay.

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Governor Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss her budget, economic development, and the outlook for improving public education in Rhode Island. For a more in-depth Q+A with Raimondo, listen to our Bonus Q+A.

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Health care providers are reacting to Governor Gina Raimondo’s budget proposal. Among them – home health care agencies, who say wage increases in the budget aren’t enough. 

  The average starting wage for a home health care worker is about $10.50. Raimondo’s budget calls for a 7 percent increase for home health care workers paid by Medicaid.

But that’s a drop in the bucket according to Nicholas Oliver from the Rhode Island Partnership for Home Care. Oliver says his member agencies are having a hard time hanging on to staff.

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Governor Gina Raimondo’s $9 billion budget proposal would increase funding for public schools and give a small bump to colleges and universities.


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Governor Gina Raimondo unveiled a $9 billion budget Tuesday night, touting it as a way to grow Rhode Island's economy while making the state more hospitable to business.

Attracting business, boosting the skills of workers, and improving Rhode Island's business climate are expected to be among the focal points of Governor Gina Raimondo's second budget proposal.

The governor will unveil her spending plan at 7 pm Tuesday during the annual State of the State address