Woonsocket Call

Raimondo: No easy budget choices


PROVIDENCE (AP) — Gov. Gina Raimondo says there are no easy choices now that state tax revenue in Rhode Island is expected to be nearly $100 million less than what was projected in the fall.

The revenue estimates released Wednesday call into question the Democratic governor's proposal to provide two years of free college tuition.

Raimondo said Thursday she and legislativ­e leaders will have to "look harder at everything."

Raimondo says there's room to cut, but it's important to not sacrifice the economy's momentum. She wants to continue investing in job creation and training, economic developmen­t and schools.

She says Republican President Donald Trump's tax reform proposals are causing uncertaint­y and lagging revenues.

Wednesday's new projection­s represent a $60.1 million decrease for the 2017 fiscal year and a $39.5 million decrease for 2018.

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