Gov. Chafee Unveils Relief Plan For Cities and Towns

Governor Chafee unveiled his long awaited plan to help bail out financially strapped cities and towns Thursday.

Central Falls is already bankrupt. Woonsocket, West Warwick, Pawtucket, and Providence are at the brink of bankruptcy.

One of Governor Chafee's seven bills lets cities and towns freeze retirees' cost of living increases.  Another allows the state's “most distressed” communities to suspend teachers' raises based on seniority and stop using bus monitors.

Now the unions and general assembly have to buy into it. Governor Chafee's been vague about which state lawmakers support him. None of the key players went to his announcement in Pawtucket Monday.