Rhode Island Gov. Donald Carcieri called on the General Assembly to enact legislation that would give cities control of school budgets in his annual state of the state address last week.

“This legislature has the ability to prevent property tax increases by enacting sweeping authorizations that will allow our local leaders to reduce spending,” Carcieri said, according to a prepared text of the speech. “It is long past time to allow the city and town councils of every municipality to have control over their school budgets.”

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