Raimondo, Taveras back Chafee budget; Fung wants lower taxes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The two announced Democratic candidates vying to succeed Gov. Lincoln Chafee expressed initial support for the governor’s final budget proposal Wednesday night, while a leading Republican hopeful called on state leaders to consider lowering taxes this year.

General Treasurer Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, both Democrats, said they still want to dig in to Chafee’s $8.5 billion budget proposal, but agreed that the governor’s plans to spend an additional $38 million on public schools, freeze tuition at state colleges and invest in infrastructure are all good starting points in an election year.

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  • Jim_Donahue

    The State has East Bay residents paying for repair or replacement of 835 bridges in the rest of the State but the East Bay must pay its own way?

  • Mario

    Fung is right about the tax reductions. It’s clever to tie the decrease to a change in Federal law, because it allows politicians here to claim to support a decrease, but leave the tax as is and pin the blame on someone else. “If only Congress had passed that terrible law…”

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