Rhode Island Gov. Donald Carcieri said on Friday he would allow the General Assembly’s $7.8 billion fiscal 2011 budget to become law without his signature.

“This budget assumes approximately $108 million from the federal government in enhanced [Medicaid] funding that Congress has yet to appropriate,” Carcieri said in a press release. “While the budget includes a provision for the next governor to make reductions in spending should Congress not act, having this gaping hole in the budget is ill-advised.”

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