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Mattiello, Paiva Weed Lay Out Priorities as New Assembly Session Starts

Mattiello, Paiva Weed Lay Out Priorities as New Assembly Session Starts


(HE) RIGHT NOW– RHODE ISLAND’S GENERAL ASSEMBLY IS GETTING BACK TO WORK — AND THEY HAVE A LOT ON THE AGENDA — INCLUDING COMPETING PRIORITIES FROM THEIR TOP TWO LEADERS. EYEWITNESS NEWS REPORTER CAROLINE GOGGIN JOINS US LIVE FROM THE STATE HOUSE, WHERE SEVERAL NEW LAWMAKERS WERE SWORN IN JUST A SHORT TIME AGO. (CG) INSIDE A PACKED STATE HOUSE… THE FIRST DAY OF SESSION WAS MET WITH THE THEMES OF MOVING FORWARD… AND IMPROVING THE STATE’S ECONOMY. ALL 113 STATE LEGISLATORS TOOK THEIR OATHS. THEN THEIR CHOSEN LEADERS STOOD UP… HIGHLIGHTING THE YEAR AHEAD. AS THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY WELCOMES A NEW YEAR AND NEW MEMBERS. IT LOOKS FORWARD TO CHANGE. HOUSE SPEAKER NICHOLAS MATTIELLO SAYS HIS NUMBER ONE PRIORITY IS PHASING OUT THE CAR TAX HOPING TO ELIMINATE IT WITHIN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS. THE DEMOCRAT SAYS THE TAX WAS A TOPIC OF FRUSTRATION FROM THOSE HE MET DURING HIS CAMPAIGN. HE SAYS ITS ELIMINATION COULD PROVIDE IMMEDIATE TAX RELIEF TO THE MIDDLE CLASS. FOR SENATE PRESIDENT TERESA PAVIA WEED… THE BIGGEST PRIORITY — IS PAYING ATTENTION TO MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES. SHE CALLS IT A SILENT PROBLEM… THAT IMPACTS CHILDREN, FAMILIES, SCHOOLS, PUBLIC SAFETY AND HEALTH CARE. “We have really recognized that mental health issues among veterans, among our teens, uh continue to exacerbate the numbers of suicides in Rhode Island. They’ve significantly increased in years and we believe that those numbers can be reduced and the quality of life of our citizens improved through prevention as well as treatment.” (CG) THE BIGGEST TASK THE ASSEMBLY WILL TAKE ON THIS YEAR IS CRAFTING A NEW STATE BUDGET. THAT’S EXPECTED TO START ON JANUARY 19TH WHEN THE GOVERNOR WILL DELIVER HER TAX AND SPENDING PROPOSAL. IT SHOULD BE ADOPTED BY JUNE. COMING UP NEW TONIGHT ON FOX PROVIDENCE AND WPRI… WHAT BOTH THE SENATE PRESIDENT AND HOUSE SPEAKER HAD TO SAY ABOUT THE INFLUENCE DONALD TRUMPS ADMINISTRATION COULD HAVE ON THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND. LIVE IN PROVIDENCE, CAROLINE GOGGIN, EYEWITNESS NEWS.

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