Raimondo, Mattiello make up after public dispute on budget

The Rhode Island State House in Providence.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Gina Raimondo and House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello have made up after a public dispute over the state’s budget procedure.

The Providence Journal reports that Raimondo said at a conference on Friday that the General Assembly and lobbyists take the governor’s proposed budget and “hack it up every which way.”

She said her job is “to shine a light” on the process.

Mattiello called it an “inaccurate depiction” of the budget process.

The governor phoned the speaker Tuesday and the two officials met in Mattiello’s office for about two hours Wednesday. Mattiello said he no longer expects “placeholders” for large, undefined cuts in Medicaid or programs in the budget Raimondo will submit next month.

He said he considers the governor a friend and that the two have “always worked very well together.”

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