Two weeks into the new year, Gov. Lincoln Chafee gave his State of the State address to the Rhode Island General Assembly and introduced his proposed $8.2-billion 2013-2014 budget.
"I submit this budget to the General Assembly on Jan. 16th, on time and the earliest that a governor has done so in over two decades," said the governor.
Sen. Louis DiPalma (D-Dist. 12, Middletown, Newport, Little Compton, Tiverton) who serves as the vice-chair of the Senate Finance Committee, said after an initial review, he had concerns that aid for developmental disability communities was not listed as a priority. Additionally, he expressed concern that an annual funding increase to nursing homes was suspended in the proposed budget.
The priorities already listed in the budget are education, infrastructure, workforce development, aid to cities and towns and property tax relief, said the senator.
"Certainly much work to accomplish over the next several months," he added.
To review the 2013-2014 budget, click here.
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