City and Town Aid Delay Approved by Carcieri

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri has signed stopgap budget measures that would allow the state to delay aid to cities and towns and would temporarily halt pension-fund payments.

Carcieri spokeswoman Amy Kempe said Monday the measures were signed on Saturday. They were approved Thursday evening by both the Senate and House of Representatives.

The measures were introduced after the chambers failed to reach agreement on how to close a $220 million budget deficit for the fiscal year ending in June.

The money was supposed to be due Monday, but one of the stopgap measures allows the state to delay the local aid until June 15.
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