Rhode Island lawmakers unveil $9B state budget for fiscal 2018

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
(Updated: 12:52 p.m.) PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island lawmakers on Thursday unveiled a revised $9.2 billion budget for fiscal 2018, which includes broad-based spending cuts and new expenditures on such initiatives as free bus passes and college tuition at the Community College of Rhode Island. The budget – totaling about $50.7 million less than what Gov. Gina M.…

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