- Associated Press - Monday, May 15, 2017

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island’s lagging revenue projections aren’t stopping House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello from pursuing his plan to eliminate car taxes.

The Cranston Democrat told the Providence Journal last week that he still wants to gradually phase out municipal car taxes, but given the deficit it might have to be achieved over six years instead of five.

Mattiello’s spokesman, Larry Berman, said Monday the plan hasn’t been finalized and once it is, the House Finance Committee will hold a public hearing. Berman says the aim is for taxpayers to see immediate relief beginning in July.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo has proposed a more modest plan to cut car taxes. Negotiations grew more complicated last week when fiscal officials released the revenue numbers used to write the state budget. They’re behind earlier projections.

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