Unkindest cuts: Many casualties expected as R.I. begins ‘brutal’ budget process

STANDING HER GROUND: Karen Santilli, director of Crossroads Rhode Island, is hopeful that an affordable-housing program included in Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s initial budget proposal will survive despite the state’s new revenue woes. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
STANDING HER GROUND: Karen Santilli, director of Crossroads Rhode Island, is hopeful that an affordable-housing program included in Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s initial budget proposal will survive despite the state’s new revenue woes. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
The future looked encouraging for Karen Santilli just a few months ago. In mid-January, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo released a $10.2 billion fiscal 2021 budget plan that was stocked with new programs fed by a healthy economy, including a proposal to a create a permanent funding source for affordable housing – an initiative Santilli has…

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