PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Gov. Dan McKee joined House Speaker Joe Shekarchi and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio to sign the state’s budget Tuesday morning.
A ceremony took place at the State House after the $13.1 billion budget was approved last week in both the Senate and the House.
McKee described this year’s budget as a responsible one, addressing issues facing Rhode Island in wake of the coronavirus pandemic, specifically economic recovery.
The money is planned to boost support for affordable housing, social services, and education.
“Before COVID-19, Rhode Island faced a housing crisis. The pandemic only intensified this issue for many families that first perm funding stream for affordable housing in Rhode Island’s history,” McKee said. “The new funding is expected to generate $4 million each year for the creation of affordable housing.”
It also includes $15 million for a statewide police body camera program.
Many Republicans in the General Assembly voted against the budget, saying it “kicks fiscal responsibilities down the road” until next year.
“The FY22 ‘feel good’ budget only delays structural deficits. It does nothing to alleviate or reduce the future tax burden on Rhode Island residents and businesses. It merely ignores our failing economic issues and kicks the fiscal responsibilities down the road to be dealt with next year,” the RI House GOP said in a statement.
This budget covers the new fiscal year which began July 1.