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State budget office orders 15 percent agency cuts

November 28, 2010

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PROVIDENCE, R.I.—With the state facing a potential deficit of $295 million, the budget office is instructing departments and agencies to find ways to cut costs.

It has told agencies to submit two budget plans: one that maintains current services and another that would reduce costs by 15 percent.

For example, the state Department of Corrections is proposing to close high- and medium-security facilities at the Adult Correctional Institutions in Cranston.

Some agencies, such as corrections, the public defender's office and higher education assistance authority, submitted 15 percent reductions, but said the proposed cuts would severely affect services and the health and security of the state.

Gov.-elect Lincoln D. Chafee (CHAY-fee) will ultimately make spending decisions when submits his budget early in 2011.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.projo.com/