In an effort to resolve a projected $384 million spending shortfall in fiscal 2009, Gov. Donald L. Carcieri Friday presented to Rhode Island’s General Assembly a 3.8% decrease of the budget from fiscal 2008.

The budget enacted for current fiscal 2008 stands at $3.4 billion, while Carcieri’s proposed fiscal 2009 budget is $3.27 billion. He proposed addressing the deficit without raising any broad-based taxes.

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