Legislative leaders say they’ve hammered out budget deal

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Rhode Island’s top Democratic legislative leaders say they’ve hammered out a budget deal.

Senate President Dominick Ruggerio and House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello released a statement Monday saying as part of the deal they plan to present legislation to their chambers that will address concerns related to the car tax phase-out, a key sticking point.

The legislation will mandate that the director of revenue file annual reports with the Senate and House and provide recommendations regarding the phase-out. The first report is due January, 2021.

The Senate has also agreed to reconvene on Thursday to pass the $9.2 billion budget already passed by the House.

Rhode Island has been operating without a budget since July 1.

Both chambers have also agreed to reconvene on Sept 19 to take up other legislation.

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