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Democrats and Republicans react to Governor Chafee's budget

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by ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis

mcurtis@abc6.com

Governor Chafee, greeted with warm applause, as he promised a better economy in his final state of the state address.

"If we can open the doors of opportunity, to those that are driving growth in our state, it will be a bright future for all, not just for some," said Gov. Lincoln Chafee (D) Rhode Island.

To do that Chafee wants voters to approve almost 300 million dollars in bonds for roads, colleges, environment, and the arts.

"I do agree with his bond issues because it is actually helping with infrastructure. It's actually putting Rhode Island in a better spot. He knows that some of our strengths are like, the arts," said State Rep. Frank Ferri (D) Warwick.

College tuition state wide, would be frozen a second straight year.

"I think it's just what we needed to hear. It's a struggle for most people to be able to pay for education," said State Rep. Theresa Tanzi (D) South Kingstown.

ABC6 Chief Political Reporter Mark Curtis said, "With 2014 being an election year. It makes passing the Governor's agenda, all the more challenging."

Many Democrats and Republicans oppose paying the failed "38 Studios" bondholders another 12 million dollars.

"I was disappointed that the money to repay the 38 studios bonds was still in there. I wasn't surprised but I am disappointed about it," said State Rep. Antonio Giarrusso (R) East Greenwich.

And there won't be any cuts to the state sales tax, or corporate tax unless Congress acts first.

"It's dependent on whether the federal government votes for the Internet sales tax or not. And if that doesn't happen, no there is not enough," said State Rep. Patricia Morgan, (R) West Warwick..

The governor says he not a lame duck.

"No I got another year to go. I look forward to the fourth quarter as they call it. That's a long time," said Governor Chafee.

The Governor's proposed budget is $8–point–5 billion dollars, but adds no new taxes.

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