Chafee addresses budget deficit
Chafee, who ran as an Independent, will become the only governor in the country who is not a Democrat or Republican. With a glaring budget hole to fill, Chafee is planning to lead by example with responsible tax spending, starting with his own inauguration.
According to a statement from Chafee, the inauguration will "be modest and conducted within a framework of frugality."
Rhode Island is projected to have a $4.7 million budget deficit for this current fiscal year. The fiscal year 2011-2012 budget is likely to have a $300 million deficit, as the federal stimulus dollars drop off.
- ABC 6 "Chafee says inaugural will be frugal," December 15, 2010
- Rhode Island College Campus Announcements, "Governor-elect Chafee's budget summit to be held at RIC on Dec. 17
- Boston Globe, "Incoming RI governor calls budget summit," December 9, 2010
- Providence Journal, "3 R.I. human-service agencies fail to enact budget cuts," December 15, 2010