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Legislators paint grim picture of economy, need for federal aid

PROVIDENCE – A tax hike and cuts to services and programs could be on the table if Rhode Island does not receive federal aid...
REP. MARVIN ABNEY, D-Newport, the chairman of the House Finance Committee, discusses the fiscal 2021 state budget, which the House approved Wednesday. / COURTESY CAPITOL TV

R.I. House approves $12.75B state budget for fiscal 2021

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. House approved a $12.75 billion budget Wednesday afternoon, one that distributes federal pandemic aid and general fund revenues among existing...

Magaziner advocates for upping state bonding in final FY 21 budget

PROVIDENCE – As state lawmakers continue to weigh a not-yet-finalized fiscal 2021 spending plan, R.I. Treasurer Seth Magaziner is touting the state’s borrowing capacity...

R.I. state budget gap shrinks to $114M

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island's elected leaders were projecting a budget gap of more than $800 million in May due to the economic shock of...
WAITING GAME: Local communities are growing frustrated waiting for a new state budget. Above, Joe Morais, project leader at the Pawtucket Department of Public Works, is among hundreds of city workers forced to file for unemployment one day each week. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

No more waiting: Time for hard decisions on the state budget

State leaders are about to finally get to work – several months too late – determining the near-term fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic on...
THE R.I. SENATE finance committee will begin its review of the International Game Technology PLC contract next week. /PBN FILE PHOTO/ PAM BHATIA

Did state Democratic leaders make the right call delaying decisions on...

House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello, Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio and Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, all Democrats, on Sept. 11 announced that the General...
LONG WAIT: State Democratic leaders plan to wait until after the election in November to approve a budget for the current fiscal year, which began July 1.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/ NICOLE DOTZENROD

Delaying tough budget decisions until November is self-serving

No elected official wants to make decisions that could cost people their jobs, or funding needed to carry out valued community services. Such responsibility...
THE R.I. GENERAL ASSEMBLY has approved a revised budget for the current fiscal year, following shortfalls primarily attributable to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ARTISTIC IMAGES

Lawmakers approve plan to close $250M deficit from virus

PROVIDENCE (AP) – Rhode Island's Legislature approved Thursday a plan to close a roughly $250 million deficit caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The General Assembly’s...

While asking for more, states are slow to spend virus aid

Many states have yet to spend the federal funding they received more than a month ago to help with soaring costs related to the...

State leaders must lead on budget

State leaders are never able to please everyone when making tough decisions on the state budget. But it’s an open question this year whether...

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