Ad­viser: R.I. bud­get gap now ur­gent

Woonsocket Call - - Region/obituaries -

PROV­I­DENCE (AP) — Rhode Is­land state of­fi­cials say they will have to keep a close eye on spend­ing and hir­ing in or­der to close a daunt­ing bud­get gap.

House fis­cal ad­viser Sharon Reynolds Fer­land said Tues­day the main cul­prit of the deficit is spend­ing out­pac­ing state rev­enue. The State Bud­get Of­fice said last month Rhode Is­land is on track to run a $60.2 mil­lion deficit for the cur­rent fis­cal year.

Fer­land ex­pressed the most con­cern about the deficit in the cur­rent bud­get, sug­gest­ing time is run­ning out for a turn­around. She also says Demo­cratic Gov. Gina Rai­mondo needs to act with ur­gency to head off the cur­rent year's deficit.

Nine state agen­cies have sub­mit­ted cor­rec­tive plans to iden­tify mil­lions in po­ten­tial sav­ings.

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