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RI budget stalled over cart tax disagreement

RI budget stalled over cart tax disagreement


(MM) NOW AT SIX — TEAM COVERAGE OF THE STATE HOUSE STANDOFF BETWEEN —-HOUSE SPEAKER NICHOLAS MATTIELLO, AND SENATE PRESIDENT DOMINICK RUGGERIO. (CG) WE’RE NOW SIX DAYS INTO THE CONFLICT — THAT’S LEFT RHODE ISLAND WITHOUT A BUDGET FOR THE NEW FISCAL YEAR. TONIGHT, NEITHER SIDE SHOWS ANY SIGN OF BACKING DOWN. (MM) NEW AT SIX—- WE’RE HEARING FROM THE SENATE PRESIDENT — FOLLOWING SPEAKER MATTIELLO’S APPEARANCE ON THE RADIO THIS AFTERNOON. (CG) W-P-R-I-DOT-COM REPORTER TED NESI IS STANDING BY WITH ANALYSIS — BUT FIRST, EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER STEPH MACHADO BEGINS OUR TEAM COVERAGE — LIVE FROM THE MOBILE NEWSROOM. (SM) I JUST SPOKE THE SENATE PRESIDENT HERE AT THE STATE HOUSE AND THE HOUSE SPEAKER RIGHT BEFORE THAT AND NEITHER ONE IS WILLING TO BACK DOWN AND COME BACK THIS YEAR TO PASS THE BUDGET AND SEND IT TO THE GOVERNOR…THAT MEANS NO CAR TAX CUT AT ALL FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. THE BUDGET IMPASSE DOESN’T LOOK LIKE IT WILL END ANY TIME SOON… BOTH THE HOUSE SPEAKER AND SENATE PRESIDENT SAYING THE OTHER CHAMBER SHOULD BE COMING BACK TO PASS IT…. House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello/D-Cranston: They broke it, they can fix it on their own and send it to the governor Senate President Dominick Ruggerio/D-North Providence: I’m hoping that cooler heads will prevail and that the house comes back and we have some kind of agreement THE IMPASSE IS OVER AN AMENDMENT TO THE CAR TAX PHASE OUT SENATE PRESIDENT DOMINICK RUGGERIO ADDED ON THE LAST DAY…..A TRIGGER TO STOP THE TAX CUT IF THERE IS AN ECONOMIC DOWNTURN. Mattiello: It was a secret amendment that they wanted to spring on us at the last minute Ruggerio: I had mentioned it numerous times when I had met with him both on the longevity of the program, I asked him if he could stretch that out to 8 years, and also put the trigger in. THE TWO DEMOCRATS SAY THEY HAVE NOT SPOKEN AT ALL IN THE PAST WEEK. TO TRY AND RESOLVE THE STANDOFF. Ruggerio: I’m willing to talk to the speaker at any time if he wants to meet certainly would be willing to meet with him Steph: So why don’t you call him? Ruggerio: I think it’s up to him to give me a call because we passed the budget, the budget’s in their hands now Mattiello: I dont want to say this the wrong way, but I’m going to enjoy my summer. (SM) THE BUDGET ISN’T THE ONLY THING THAT DIDN’T PASS WHEN THE SPEAKER SENT THE HOUSE HOME EARLY LAST WEEK…. MANDATORY PAID SICK DAYS AND A BILL TO TAKE GUNS AWAY FROM PEOPLE ACCUSED OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARE STUCK IN LIMBO… THE HOUSE SPEAKER SAID HE WOULD BE BE WILLING TO COME BACK IN THE FALL AND TAKE UP THOSE BILLS…IF THE SENATE COMES BACK AND PASSES THE HOUSE VERSION OF THE BUDGET FIRST. STEPH MACHADO EYEWITNESS NEWS. (MM) WE HAVE MORE IN-DEPTH COVERAGE OF THE STATE HOUSE STANDOFF NOW — WITH W-P-R-I-DOT-COM REPORTER TED NESI. HE’S BEEN TRACKING ALL THE DEVELOPMENTS SINCE LAST FRIDAY. TED… IN THE END IT SEEMS LIKE THIS IS LESS ABOUT —THE BUDGET AND—– MORE ABOUT WHO’S IN CHARGE. (TN) THAT’S EXACTLY RIGHT, MIKE. THERE IS A DISAGREEMENT OVER POLICY HERE… ABOUT WHETHER THE CAR TAX PHASEOUT SHOULD HAVE A SORT OF CIRCUIT BREAKER IN CASE STATE REVENUE DROPS. (TN) BUT WHAT SPEAKER MATTIELLO AND PRESIDENT RUGGERIO ARE REALLY BATTLING OVER IS SUPREMACY. THE HOUSE HAS HISTORICALLY LED THE WAY ON THE BUDGET, AND DOESN’T WANT TO GIVE UP THAT POWER — THE SENATE, UNSURPRISINGLY, WOULD LIKE MORE OF A SAY, AND DECIDED TO PICK THIS FIGHT NOW. IF IT WAS JUST ABOUT THE CAR TAX IT MIGHT ACTUALLY BE EASIER TO RESOLVE… IT’S A LOT HARDER WHEN ONE CHAMBER IS BEING ASKED TO ACCEPT GIVING MORE POWER TO THE OTHER ONE. (MM) THERE’S NO GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN BECAUSE OF A LAW THAT—– LETS THE STATE CONTINUE OPERATING AT LAST YEAR’S SPENDING LEVELS. BUT ARE WE STARTING TO SEE SOME EFFECTS OF THE STANDOFF, RIGHT? (TN) YES, ESPECIALLY ON TWO OF THE BUDGET’S MOST HIGH-PROFILE PROVISIONS… THE CAR TAX CUT AND FREE CCRI TUITION. PEOPLE WILL REMEMBER — SPEAKER MATTIELLO WON RE-ELECTION VERY NARROWLY LAST NOVEMBER BY PROMISING VOTERS IN HIS CRANSTON DISTRICT HE WILL CUT THE CAR TAX. WELL, MAYOR ALLAN FUNG’S OFFICE TELLS ME BECAUSE OF THE STANDOFF THEY’RE SENDING OUT BILLS NOW WITH NO CAR TAX CUT. SO IT’S HITTING HOME IN MATTIELLO’S DISTRICT. GOVERNOR RAIMONDO SAYS SHE WILL FIND A WAY TO OFFER FREE TUITION EVEN IF THE BUDGET DOESN’T PASS IN THE COMING MONTHS… BUT THE SPEAKER SAYS SHE DOES NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO DO THAT. RIGHT NOW CCRI IS ADVISING STUDENTS TO APPLY FOR THE FALL ANYWAY SO THAT THEIR PAPERWORK IS IN ORDER IF AND WHEN THE BUDGET PASSES. (MM) WPRI DOT COM REPORTER TED NESI STAYING ON TOP OF ALL THIS, THANKS, TED. WE’LL KEEP TRACKING THE STATE HOUSE STANDOFF EVERY STEP OF THE WAY — (MM) AND BE SURE TO CHECK OUT TED’S STORIES ONLINE, AND FOLLOW HIM ON FACEBOOK AND TWITTER FOR THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN STATE

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