Mattiello: Perennial deficit ‘not an appropriate way to run a government’

HOUSE SPEAKER NICHOLAS A. MATTIELLO, pictured during a legislative session in 2019, and Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio answered questions at the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce's annual legislative luncheon on Wednesday. / AP FILE PHOTO/CHARLES KRUPA
HOUSE SPEAKER NICHOLAS A. MATTIELLO, pictured during a legislative session in 2019, and Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio answered questions at the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce's annual legislative luncheon on Wednesday. / AP FILE PHOTO/CHARLES KRUPA
PROVIDENCE – House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello told business leaders Wednesday that he doesn’t object to many of the economic and educational initiatives contained in Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s fiscal 2021 budget proposal, but said the final numbers have to add up. He made several allusions to basic mathematics in responding to questions posed about…

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