Governor-elect Chafee’s budget summit to be held at RIC on Dec. 17

Rhode Island College will host governor-elect Lincoln Chafee’s budget summit, which will include a dozen panelists who will focus on the state’s deficit.

The summit will be held on Friday, Dec. 17, at 8 a.m. in the Nazarian Center’s Sapinsley Hall. The event is open to the public, but seating is limited. Those wishing to attend can find further information and RSVP at

Lincoln Chafee
“I will be seeking input and perspective from all sectors as I begin the challenging process of addressing our massive deficit,” Chafee said. “The group assembled for this budget summit offers a broad range of perspectives on the critical issues that are so important to an examination of the budget process. We have representatives from a variety of groups, organizations, and communities – experts and stakeholders who I will continue to collaborate with as a I work to balance the budget and bring job creation and economic growth to our state.”

The panelists will participate in one of two panel discussions moderated by Richard Licht, Department of Administration director-designate. Preceding the discussions will be a welcome address from Chafee and a briefing on defining the budget problem, led by Rosemary Booth Gallogly, acting director of the Department of Revenue and Thomas Mullaney, state budget officer.

• Public expenditure accountability: John Simmons, executive director, Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council
• Education: Robert Flanders, Jr., chairman of the Board of Regents
• Higher education: Raymond DiPasquale, commissioner of higher education
• Health care/providers: Elizabeth Roberts, lieutenant governor (tentative)
• Human services/advocates: Anne Nolan, president of Crossroads
• Labor: George Nee, executive director, AFL-CIO
• Business: Helena Buonanno Foulkes, EVP and CMO at CVS Caremark
• Small business: Kimberly McDonough, president, Advanced Pharmacy Concepts
• Municipalities: Scott Avedisian, mayor of Warwick
• Municipalities: Diane Mederos, Bristol town administrator, president of R.I. League of Cities and Towns
• Wise growth/environmental/historic preservation: Scott Wolf, Grow Smart R.I.
• Minority-owned business: Dr. Pablo Rodriguez, associate chair of community relationships