R.I. Senate and House stuck on the budget

ON THE FINAL DAY of the legislative sessions for both the House and the Senate in fiscal 2017, the R.I. General Assembly failed to agree on a state budget. Above left, House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, right, Dominick J. Ruggerio.
ON THE FINAL DAY of the legislative sessions for both the House and the Senate in fiscal 2017, the R.I. General Assembly failed to agree on a state budget. Above left, House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, right, Dominick J. Ruggerio. / PBN FILE PHOTOS/MICHAEL SALERNO
PROVIDENCE – At 7:52 p.m. on Friday the R.I. Senate Twitter account tweeted, “TGIF.” A few hours later the Senate went on summer recess. Why is that news? The Senate never passed the R.I state budget that the House had affirmed, leaving the state without a spending plan for the new fiscal year. Earlier that…

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