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State agencies brace for cuts to balance budget

November 27, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island officials are considering cuts at state agencies to reduce overspending.

The Providence Journal reports that state agencies are projected to hit $61.2 million in overspending this year. Estimates are based on spending during the first quarter of the fiscal year.

Acting prisons director Patricia Coyne-Fague says health care costs have increased. She suggests shifting prison populations to save on staff overtime.

Department of Revenue Director Mark Furcolo cited a reduction in car taxes for the projected $2.4 million deficit at the Division of Motor Vehicles. Furcolo says layoffs aren’t an option.

Department of Human Services Director Courtney Hawkins says the department may be forced to cut transportation for the elderly. The Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Development Disabilities and Hospitals says it may have to delay worker raises.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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