Should the General Assembly have “scooped” at least $29 million from the budgets of various unrelated agencies to help balance the fiscal 2018 budget?

R.I. HOUSE FINANCE Chairman Marvin L. Abney, left, with House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, right, on June 15 unveiled the Democrat's $9.2 billion spending plan for fiscal 2018. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELI SHERMAN
R.I. HOUSE FINANCE Chairman Marvin L. Abney, left, with House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, right, last week unveiled the $9.2 billion spending plan for fiscal 2018 approved by the House on Thursday. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELI SHERMAN
With an estimated $134 million budget deficit for fiscal years 2017 and 2018, the General Assembly had to make some difficult choices to balance the state’s books. In addition to kicking some of the responsibility for removing the red from the budget to Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, the House of Representatives used a tool from…

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