Jim Baron of the Pawtucket Times has a preview of the some of the amendments that House Republicans will offer during today’s floor session on the state budget…
The House Republican Caucus – tiny but feisty, and even pugnacious when they think the need arises – wants to amend the state budget to increase school aid, slice social service programs, scuttle plans for a northern Rhode Island Courthouse, and restore tax reductions for business….
The Republicans’ top priority, Minority Leader Robert Watson said, is to “restore education funding, at the very least to the governor’s level, without tax increases.” Several of their prepared amendments – not all of which will even get introduced during tonight’s debate – aim to do just that.
“I think even the governor agrees that a 3 percent increase is insufficient, but 0 is worse,” Watson said, referring to the $19 million Carcieri recommended in his budget to give an across-the-board increase in state aid to all school districts….
A proposed amendment authored by Warwick Rep. Joseph Trillo would allow school districts to abolish some contracts and force the unions to renegotiate them.
Another amendment would cut 3 percent from the bottom line of the Executive Office of the Department of Health and Human Services, allowing the department to decide how the cut should be distributed.