- Associated Press - Friday, June 30, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Senate is scheduled to vote on a $9.2 billion budget plan that would reduce car taxes and make cuts to close a $134 million shortfall.

The budget takes effect in the fiscal year beginning Saturday.

The proposed six-year phase-out of municipal car taxes would cost the state $26 million in the upcoming fiscal year. If the state follows through with the full elimination of the taxes, it would cost an estimated $221 million a year after 2023.

The budget also begins a pilot program for tuition-free community college.

Some lawmakers have expressed concerns about the plan, which uses one-time measures to balance the budget. Concerns have also been raised about uncertainty in federal spending and how that might affect the state budget.

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