- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The majority leader of the Rhode Island House of Representatives is apologizing for missing quarterly tax payments and says in the future he’ll pay his taxes on time.

Rep. John DeSimone (dee-sih-MOHN’) tells the Providence Journal (https://bit.ly/1qwv4IB ) he missed the payments because he was busy working as a part-time legislator with a full-time law practice.

The newspaper reported earlier in the week that the Providence Democrat averted a tax sale of his Providence home and his law office by paying more than $18,700 in overdue taxes, interest and costs.

The city had posted a legal notice in April announcing a public auction.

The tax collector’s office says his law office was scheduled for a tax-sale each year since 2008, and his home several times since 2006.

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