Rhode Island Senate takes up $92B budget plan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A $9.2 billion budget plan for Rhode Island’s upcoming fiscal year is moving to a vote in the state Senate after being approved last week by the state House of Representatives.

The Senate Finance Committee voted 9-1 to approve the budget plan Tuesday, sending it to a full Senate vote later this week. The panel’s lone Republican voted against it.

The proposal includes tax relief for car owners, a pilot program for tuition-free community college, and general government cuts and some one-time measures to close a $134 million shortfall.

The budget passed the House last week on a 64-11 party line vote, with Democrats supporting and Republicans opposing.

It needs Senate approval before it can move to the desk of Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo. The new fiscal year begins Saturday.