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8/4/2017 Rep. Barros pleased with FY 2018 budget passage and eager to come back for unfinished business
STATE HOUSE – Rep. Jean Philippe Barros (D-Dist. 59, Pawtucket) is pleased that the Rhode Island Senate passed the FY 2018 state budget and he is looking forward to coming back into session this September to vote on several high-level bills that have been left in limbo over the past month.

“As a member of the House Committee on Finance, I am happy that our many months of hard work crafting a budget that helps and works for Rhode Island families will finally be instituted.  Whether it was the elimination of the regressive car tax, reinstating no-fare RIPTA passes for the elderly and disabled, raises for home health care workers, or raising the minimum wage, this budget will bring much-needed relief to many Rhode Islanders struggling to make ends meet,” said Representative Barros.

Representative Barros is thrilled that several initiatives within the FY 2018 budget that will help Rhode Island families will finally be implemented.  He highlights the car tax elimination plan and the 90 cent increase in the minimum wage over two years, raising the wage to $10.10 on Jan. 1, 2018, and to $10.50 on Jan. 1, 2019, as two examples of how the budget helps the hard-working men, women and families of Rhode Island.

He is also grateful for the restoration of the program that provided no-fare Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) bus passes to elderly and disabled people and for the inclusion of raises for state-subsidized home health care workers and those who serve the developmentally disabled that will ensure quality care for the disabled and provide relief for workers in an industry where wages are low, despite workers’ tremendous responsibilities.

Representative Barros is also eager to return in September to vote on several pieces of legislation that were not passed in June due to the budget impasse.  Bills that protect domestic abuse victims from gun violence, instituting paid sick leave days for workers, and legislation dealing with criminal justice reform and mental health issues all may be voted on in September during a special fall legislative session.

“Unfortunately, several important issues were left unresolved at the end of June this year and I am eager to get back to the House chamber so that critical legislation such as the paid sick leave bill and the bill that takes away guns from domestic abusers can be passed into law.  Rhode Island will be a safer and a healthier place once these bills are passed and I am looking forward to voting in favor of them and other important legislation we may take up in September,” added Representative Barros.

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903