Rhode Island Gov. Donald Carcieri made a formal request to the General Assembly leadership to allow him to delay his fiscal 2010 budget proposal until Feb. 24. The governor had planned to release his proposal this week.

In letters to House Speaker William Murphy and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, both Democrats, the Republican Carcieri said the extension would allow his administration time to incorporate additional resources from the federal stimulus package. In a televised speech last month, Carcieri said the state could receive upwards of $125 million of federal stimulus funds.

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