This report identifies past, current, and future instances of non-essential or wasteful spending by the State of Rhode Island, as well as steps lawmakers can take to save money now and prevent similar instances in future years.
Almost $225 million in non-essential spending has been identified and organized into multiple categories. The list provides policymakers with opportunities for budget savings without cutting essential services and programs. The categories are:
Absorption of federal funding
The report further recommends that checks and balances be put in place to safeguard taxpayers against frivolous future spending, including:
Establishment of a fully empowered Office of the Inspector General
Creation of a legislative Office of the Repealer
Establishment of a state version of a Grace Commission