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Carcieri Criticizes the "Budget That Came Out of Nowhere" (posted
June 21, 2004)
Rhode Island Governor Don Carcieri is criticizing the state budget passed
by the House of Representatives on Friday night. Appearing on the WJAR-TV
show "10 News Conference" with Bill Rappleye, Carcieri complained
that there had been"no discussion and no debate" and that
too many new features had been added at the end of the process.
For example, the governor noted that a separate judicial budget had
been established outside of review by the governor's office. "It is
a bad idea," he said. "Nothing is broken. What are we trying to fix?"
Carcieri also complained about new legislative control over the budgets
of the state's three public universities. That feature is "getting the
General Assembly into the minuta of micromanaging things," he said.
"I am trying to save money and get things being run more efficiently."
The governor also criticized a proposed casino in Rhode Island. "I would
intend to be very vocal. I feel very strongly about it.,...You are going
to hear a lot from me on this. "