RI lawmakers continue review of budget


Rhode Island lawmakers are continuing their work on the state budget.

The House and Senate finance committees have scheduled hearings Thursday on Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s recommended budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

The House committee is set to review spending on higher education.

The Senate panel plans to review recommended spending on public education, historic preservation and arts programs.

The state faces an estimated budget deficit of $117 million in the next fiscal year.

Lawmakers are likely to make big changes to Chafee’s proposals before voting on the state budget later this spring.


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