Chafee said it's essential to use the state's slowly improving finances to boost spending on schools, workforce development and roads and bridges â¿¿ all investments that he said would pay off in the long-term and reverse an economic decline that saw Rhode Island become one of only two states to lose population from July 2011 to July 2012.In addition to the $30 million in new public education funding, Chafee proposes $8 million in additional higher education spending to avoid tuition hikes at state universities.
RI Gov Calls For Lower Biz Taxes In State-of-state
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