There are, however, still five bond requests in the budget totaling $207.5 million that voters will need to consider on the November ballot if they are approved by the General Assembly and Governor Raimondo:
- $50 million to upgrade the piers at the Port of Davisville.
- $45.5 million for higher-education projects, including $20 million for an innovation center to be developed with the University of Rhode Island to encourage job creation.
- $50 million for affordable housing.
- $35 million for environmental and health programs, including land conservation, outdoor recreation, bike paths, water pollution prevention and Brownfield cleanups.
- $27 million for a new state Veterans’ Home and renovations to existing facilities.
If the bonds make it to the ballot, advocates will make their case for why Rhode Islanders should vote for and pay for them. For now, I’m not taking a position, yes or no, until I hear the arguments.