R.I. Budget Includes Free-Tuition Cost

PROVIDENCE, R.I.— Gov. Gina Raimondo is preparing to release a budget proposal that will include cutting car taxes and providing two years of free tuition at public colleges.

The Democrat’s spending plan for the 2018 fiscal year was to be delivered to the state legislature on January 19. It’s her third annual budget proposal since taking office in 2015.

She expects her free tuition plan to cost $10 million in the upcoming fiscal year, which begins in July. It will rise to $30 million annually when it reaches full implementation in 2021.

The budget document will also detail her plan to cut $50 million in the car taxes levied by cities and towns.

It’s likely to differ from Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello’s goal of fully phasing out the taxes in five years.

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