The Rhode Island General Assembly began its 2010 session yesterday, but tackling the state’s $218 million current fiscal year deficit was not on the agenda.
Both the Senate and the House yesterday planned votes to override vetoes by Gov. Donald Carcieri on more than a dozen bills ranging from voter registration to teacher health care. The Democratic majorities in both houses have clashed with the Republican governor on taxing and spending priorities. Carcieri objected to the General Assembly’s $7.81 billion fiscal 2010 budget last year but signed it anyway.