Rhode Island overturns governor's veto of budget, fuel tax increase

| Thursday, June 20, 2002

Lawmakers have overridden Gov. Lincoln Almond's veto of a $2.66 billion budget proposal. The House and Senate originally passed the budget plan the last week of May as part of an effort to avoid future projected deficits.

The governor vetoed the proposal because he said he doesn't believe the proposed budget trims enough spending to avoid future deficits. Almond called the budget a "fiscal nightmare, a policy disaster and a constitutional crisis" for what he believes is $200 million of overspending, along with a 2-cent fuel tax hike, which increases the state's diesel tax to 30 cents per gallon.

With the override, lawmakers rejected the governor's request that the budget be sent back to committee for a major reworking before the legislature's planned June 30 adjournment.

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