Governor Gina Raimondo plans to privatize the state-run group home system in the next budget, cutting 204 fulltime positions from the state payroll during the 2021 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

The privatization is one of many cost-cutting moves Raimondo has proposed to address an overall $200 million structural deficit in a $10.2 billion spending plan, which she submitted to the General Assembly Jan. 16.

The budget emphasizes investments in continued economic growth, education, affordable housing and healthcare; hitting the same notes Raimondo covered in her State of the State address two days earlier.

Read the full story via Developmental Disability News, here –RI Governor Proposes Privatizing State-Run Group Homes In Fiscal 2021

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Gina Macris is a career journalist with 43 years’ experience as a reporter for the Providence Journal. She retired in 2012. While at the Journal she wrote two series about her first-born son that won prizes from the New England Associated Press News Executives Association. Gina now publishes the Developmental Disability News.