RIPR: On 15-4 Vote, House Finance Committee Approves $9.2B Budget

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By IAN DONNIS The House Finance Committee approved early Friday a $9.2 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. The budget begins a phaseout of the car tax while also launching a new program to offer free college tuition to students at the Community College of Rhode Island. The Finance Committee approved the spending plan on a 15-to-4 …

Report: Trump’s proposed budget shifts many costs to the state

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By Liz Lee THE CENTER ON BUDGET and Policy Priorities said in a report that President Trump’s proposed fiscal budget would hurt low to moderate income earning Rhode Islanders. PROVIDENCE – President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for 2018 would have some serious consequences for low-to-moderate-income Rhode Islanders, according to a report from the Washington DC-based nonprofit Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. …

It’s time for advocates to act on health issue, not panic

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Kudos to Lynn Arditi for providing excellent coverage of the impact that a repeal of the Affordable Care Act would have on Rhode Islanders (“Mounting anxiety,” news, June 3). We have heard from Rhode Islanders, like those featured in this article, who are concerned that the loss of coverage may be imminent. It’s important to know that under the House-passed …

R.I. lawmakers hear pros, cons on car-tax repeal

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Tax relief is touted, but at what cost, some ask By Katherine Gregg Journal Political Writer PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Over the course of an hour-and-a-half at the State House Tuesday night, lawmakers heard again and again how much the repeal of Rhode Island’s much-hated car tax would help taxpayers, while at the same time making the state more affordable — …

Mattiello’s Car Tax Proposal Draws Mostly Favorable Reviews

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by Ian Donnis RIPR House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello’s proposal to eliminate the car tax over six years attracted mostly positive reviews during an initial House Finance Committee hearing Tuesday night. But critics raised a series of concerns, ranging from how the phase out will not help Rhode Islanders who don’t own cars to a lack of specifics about how the …

Mayors back Mattiello car tax plan, but critics fret over $221M price tag

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by Ted Nesi WPRI News PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Lawmakers on Tuesday heard the case for and against House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello’s proposal to eliminate the car tax, with supporters saying the move is overdue but opponents warning the plan is too costly. The Mattiello plan – introduced last week and all but certain to be included in the new …

Rhode Island must pursue revenue growth

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Providence Business News op-ed Chicken Little and the elephant in the room: Is the revenue sky really falling? As we approach the end of the 2017 General Assembly, there remain looming fiscal questions that will require the right balance of prudence and courage, and an understanding of the political and economic forces in which Rhode Island finds itself. With the …

Business Lunch: Phasing out car tax

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Doug Hall speaks to Frank Coletta about the latest car tax proposal and the Trump administration budget proposal. CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FULL INTERVIEW