The Rhode Island House passed its $8.1B budget at 3:38 a.m.June 8th, 2012 at 8:24 am by Ted Nesi under Nesi's Notes
All the most thoughtful lawmaking takes place in the middle of the night, right? Check out the Projo’s rundown, our WPRI overview, the official press release and the live blogs from the Current and RIFuture for more, as well as Ian Donnis’s Twitter feed. The final vote was 57-15, and the only surprise I saw was when leadership decided not to tax car washes after all.
The Senate Finance Committee is wasting no time in moving the budget through the upper chamber. The committee will take up the tax-and-spending plan at 3:30 p.m. Friday in Room 211. And for all the grief Governor Chafee gets for his policies, he tried harder than lawmakers to shrink the deficit:
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