House committee set to vote on $8.6 billion state budget

By The Associated Press      

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ An $8.6 billion state budget proposal with new funding to create jobs and modernize schools faces a pivotal test in the General Assembly.

The House Finance Committee is scheduled to consider and vote on the budget Tuesday night. The full House can’t take up the spending plan for the fiscal year beginning July 1 until the committee endorses it.

Committee Chairman Raymond E. Gallison Jr. says he doesn’t expect a drawn-out debate. The Bristol Democrat says there’s consensus among the members on many of the major issues and they know the state has limited resources.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo’s budget proposal seeks to eliminate a $190 million deficit while implementing no new broad-based tax changes.

The committee is restoring some of the cuts to programs because state revenues are up.  

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