Rhode Island Lawmakers Open 2018 Session

Jan 2, 2018

Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Rhode Island lawmakers return to the Statehouse Tuesday for the start of the 2018 legislative session.

This will be their first official session since a rare summer gathering brought on by a budget dispute. For this year, they will have to craft another state budget and resolve a combined deficit estimated at $260 million. 

Governor Gina Raimondo is expected to recommend borrowing millions of dollars for school building repairs.

On the first day of the session, lawmakers will convene in their respective houses around 4 p.m. and House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello will give a speech to open the 2018 session. The start of the legislative season is a time for new bills to be introduced and  Governor Gina Raimondo plans to submit her budget proposal for the next fiscal year in mid-January. 

Lawmakers will be looking to close an estimated $260 million deficit from the current year and the new fiscal year combined. 

Also on the docket this year is the deal to provide public financing for the Paw Sox to build a new stadium in Pawtucket. 

It’s also an election year for state lawmakers and members of congress along with Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo.  Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is also up for election.