Chafee’s plan would cut some taxes by reducing the state’s 7 percent sales tax to 6 percent. But it would start taxing several items that are currently exempt at either 6 percent or 1 percent. The proposal would raise an estimated $165 million.
Chafee’s plan is one of several steps he’s proposed to close an estimated $331 million budget deficit.
The groups say it would hurt consumer, job creation and small business development.