Legislative leaders Thursday praised the first budget presented by Governor Gina Raimondo. House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said the spending plan avoids broad-based tax increases while promoting economic development.
“I think the overall balance is good, even though some of the decisions within that balance – whether they’re on the revenue side or the cut side – is something that none of us want to consider,” said Mattiello.
Mattiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed said they’re not concerned by how the budget counts on 46 million dollars in unspecified Medicaid savings, and cutting tens of millions of dollars in pay hikes previously promised to state employees.
Both legislative leaders said they’re confident confident savings can be found in Medicaid. They also praised Raimondo for taking steps to cut down the size of Rhode Island’s projected future deficits.
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