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Rhode Island faces deficit in next budget

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island lawmakers will face more red ink when they return to the Statehouse early next year to begin the process of crafting a state budget.

State budget officials initially projected a $130 million deficit for the budget year beginning July 1, but legislative fiscal officials say newer forecasts predict a smaller gap.

Department of Administration Director Richard Licht says the administration of Gov. Lincoln Chafee has asked state agencies to identify spending cuts that total 7 percent of their budgets.

Chafee is expected to submit his budget proposal to lawmakers in mid-January. The legislative session begins Jan. 1.

The House Finance Committee reviewed the latest budget projections at a meeting Wednesday.

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