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Election-year Session Opens : State’s Budget Deficit Is Priority; Pawsox, Rebuilding Schools At Top Of Agenda

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PROVIDENCE \x97 Fixing schools. Closing the gender pay-gap. Protecting R.I. consumers against GOP efforts to repeal Obamacare. Continuing the car-tax phaseout.

In their opening-day speeches on Tuesday, the leaders of Rhode Island’s overwhelmingly Democratic legislature \x97 House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio \x97 signaled their priorities for the 2018 election-year session that began on Tuesday.

The session opened with the

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