HEADLINES : Rhode Island
RI state budget headed for first vote
PROVIDENCE, R.I.-Rhode Island lawmakers are putting the finishing touches on a new state budget proposal.
The House Finance Committee has scheduled a hearing and vote on a new budget proposal for Thursday evening.
Earlier this year Gov. Lincoln Chafee proposed a $7.9 billion budget that included higher taxes on restaurant meals and cigarettes and new taxes on taxi fares, pet grooming and luxury clothing items.
Lawmakers typically use the governor's proposal as a template when crafting their own recommended spending plan. The meals tax increase is unlikely to make the final version, however, as it faces widespread opposition in the General Assembly.