House speaker says budget likely won’t fund new programs

April 10, 2019

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says any new program proposed in the state budget has a slim chance of being funded this year.

Mattiello told WPRO-AM Wednesday that the state will have a difficult time paying current bills without adding new ones.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo is asking state lawmakers to expand Rhode Island’s free tuition program, currently offered at the Community College of Rhode Island.

Raimondo wants to expand the program to older students at CCRI and cover the last two years of a four-year degree at Rhode Island College.

She promoted the proposal during a visit to CCRI on Tuesday .

When asked about the Rhode Island Promise program, Mattiello said he has about 30 people asking for a few million dollars in the budget and that adds up.