Rhode Island budget impasse: Governor wants vote this week

By: The Associated Press

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo is pushing for a vote this week to end a lengthy impasse between the House and Senate over the state’s $9.2 billion budget.             

Raimondo told reporters on Tuesday that her top priority is to pass a budget this week. She says Aug. 1 is the day the state is supposed to send increased aid for schools and local communities, and passing a budget will make that possible.              

Rhode Island has been operating without a budget since July 1, after a disagreement between the House and Senate over the details of a car tax cut that was House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello’s top priority.                

The 25-day stalemate is causing uncertainty in local governments and school districts as state government operates at last year’s spending levels.

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