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Rhode Island is an outlier in not releasing pandemic relief funds, not convening legislature, and not doing a state budget.
A comparison of the 5 New England states for release of relief funds, only:
Rhode Island 24%
New Hampshire 80%
Of these five states, only RI has not passed a budget – Connecticut has an interim, and the other states have passed new budgets.
Rhode Island House Republican Caucus Issues Northeast State COVID-19 Operations Fact Sheet: Rhode Island is an outlier when it comes to not convening legislature, not addressing the state budget, and the limited distribution of Coronavirus Relief Funds.
Recent statements that Rhode Island is in lock-step with neighboring states on certain coronavirus pandemic measures made by the Speaker of the House and the Governor and being taken to task by the Rhode Island House Republican Caucus, as they issue a detailed comparison.
The primary issue of disbursement of Coronavirus Relief Funds has met with the Governor’s explanation that she is “saving” much of the funds until a budget is done, and neither could be completed until RI learns what federal assistance, if any, is coming to the state before the end of the year.
Measures of neighboring states regarding the status of state budgets, convening of General Assemblies, and disbursement of federal Coronavirus Relief Funds, compel the Rhode Island House Republican Caucus to issue the following fact sheet demonstrating that Rhode Island is in fact an outlier:
Nationwide State Budgets
Northeast Region States: Convening of State Legislatures, State Budgets, and the Disbursement of Coronavirus Relief Funds
According to the Caucus: This data verifies that Rhode Island is not in lock-step with the rest of our regional neighbors in these key areas of state government operations. Legislatures across the North East are meeting and passing budgets, and most of these states are distributing the federal Coronavirus Relief Funds at a far higher rate than Rhode Island. Accordingly, the Rhode Island House Republican Caucus again calls on the General Assembly to reconvene and undertake the necessary work to pass a full or interim budget, and for the Governor to begin the rapid disbursement of the Coronavirus Relief Funds – just as our neighbors have effectively done for months.
The Rhode Island House of Representatives Minority Caucus (Republican) is comprised of the following elected members representing constituents who live in the following districts throughout the Ocean State: Minority Leader, Blake Filippi, District 36 (Charlestown, South Kingstown, Westerly, New Shoreham); Minority Whip, Michael Chippendale, District 40 (Foster, Glocester, Coventry); Representative John Lyle, Jr., District 46 (Lincoln, Pawtucket); Representative George Nardone, District 28 (Coventry); Representative Brian Newberry, District 48 (North Smithfield, Burrillville); Representative David Place, District 47 (Burrillville, Glocester); Senior Deputy Minority Leader Justin Price, District 39 (Exeter, Hopkinton, Richmond); Deputy Minority Leader Robert Quattrocchi, District 41 (Scituate, Cranston); Representative Sherry Roberts, District 29 (Coventry, West Greenwich).