PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The House Finance Committee chairman wants to study whether Rhode Island should move to a two-year budget process.
Democratic Rep. Marvin Abney’s proposal to create the 13-person legislative commission will be considered in the committee Tuesday. The state currently drafts a budget every year.
Abney says the commission is unrelated to current or past budget deliberations. He says a two-year budget could give businesses and nonprofit organizations in the state more room to plan for the future.
Nineteen states, including neighboring Connecticut, currently use biennial budgets, according to the bill.
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Abney is the sponsor of the bill but he says he won’t commit to a position on the issue until the commission files a report. If passed, that report would come by Feb. 1, 2019.