Lincoln Almond vetoed a proposed budget June 6 that would have
included a 2-cent fuel tax hike. The governor said he doesn't
believe the proposed budget trims enough spending to avoid future
Almond said lawmakers had given him "no option" other
than vetoing the proposal. He called the budget a "fiscal
nightmare, a policy disaster and a constitutional crisis"
for what he believes is $200 million of overspending, along
with the fuel tax hike. Almond has called for the legislature
to reconvene by June 12 to reconsider the budget.
and Senate passed a 2-cent fuel tax hike the last week of May
as part of a budget bill to avoid future projected deficits.
The tax hike would have increased the state's diesel tax to
30 cents per gallon.