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Thursday, January 17, 2013


It may only be a small detail but the fact that Governor Lincoln Chafee submitted his budget to the General Assembly yesterday, on January 16, accomplished a pretty significant feat.

According to Chafee’s office, the date was the earliest that the budget has been submitted “in over 20 years” and, in his Introduction to General Assembly members, Chafee says that accomplishment sends a strong message.

“This demonstrates my Administration’s commitment to sending a clear message to taxpayers and businesses within our borders and beyond that we are serious about the fiscal discipline necessary to maintain a pro-economic development and pro-growth environment.”

Lawmakers were quick to praise Chafee for his early submission.

“We’re going to look at all the details but I think we are on a very, very good start, probably the best start that we’ve had in terms of budget proposals due to the very fact that it’s on time,” House Speaker Gordon Fox said. “It lets our committees get to work very quickly.”

Some weren’t as optimistic that the extra time will have any effect on the budget’s chances of passing through both chambers untouched.

“We have a little more time but things here move at a snail’s pace,” said Representative Doreen Costa. “I’m just happy that the governor has the budget here early. Unfortunately, I don’t think it’s going to make too much of a difference. We’re still going to be in session until three o’clock in the morning crunching numbers which I don’t think is fair to the people that we represent.”


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