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Happy Thursday and welcome to Rhode Map, your daily guide to everything happening in the Ocean State. I'm Dan McGowan and I say URI basketball is for real. Follow me on Twitter @DanMcGowan or send tips to Dan.McGowan@globe.com.
You already know about Governor Gina Raimondo’s proposals to legalize marijuana and increase the real estate conveyance tax on properties valued at more than $500,000, but there are a handful of other taxes and fees that she is asking lawmakers to consider this year.
The House fiscal team this week released its breakdown of Raimondo’s proposed budget, so here’s a handy guide to most of the other changes that she is proposing.
The governor’s annual attempt to expand the sales tax to lobbying services is back, although it somehow always seems to disappear by the end of the year. Other items that Raimondo wants to see taxed are computer systems design services, couriers and messengers, interior design services and services for fishing, hunting, trapping and shooting.
Tobacco and booze
Raimondo has proposed increasing the cigarette tax to $4.60 per pack by Aug. 1, up 35 cents. She also wants to impose an 80 percent wholesale tax on e-cigarettes and raise the cigar tax to 80 cents. Cigarette dealers would have their application fees increased from $25 to $75. When it comes to alcohol, she wants to eliminate the sales tax exemption on wine.
The state hotel tax would increase from 5 percent to 6 percent beginning July 1, just in time for summer vacations.
The cost of obtaining certified driving records would go from $16 to $20, while people renewing expired licenses and registrations would be hit with a $15 late fee. The owners of cars that fail inspection would have to pay a $100 reinstatement fee.
For those convicted of DUI or who refuse to submit to a breathalyzer test, the state would impose a $250 substance abuse education fee. Inspection fees from the fire marshal’s office would grow from $100 to $250. The hospital license fee would increase from 5 percent to 6 percent.
NEED TO KNOW
Rhode Map wants to hear from you. If you've got a scoop or a link to an interesting news story in Rhode Island, e-mail us at RInews@globe.com.
- Scoop from Amanda Milkovits: Providence group homes run by a nonprofit were poorly supervised and showed little to no accounting for the services promised to the troubled adolescents in their care.
- While several gun bills are seemingly on the fast track at the State House early in the legislative session, Ed Fitzpatrick reports that some advocates still hope more action will be taken later in the year.
- Bob Hohler covered President Clinton’s impeachment trial in 1999. Here’s how that compares to President Trump’s trial. (Note: There’s a familiar name in this story.)
- Legalized marijuana might not have a chance in Rhode Island this year, but it sure looks like Connecticut is planning to move forward with a plan.
- Fascinating story from my colleague Tim Logan: The population of school-age children in Boston has fallen by nearly 10,000 since 2000.
WHAT'S ON TAP TODAY
Each day, Rhode Map offers a cheat sheet breaking down what's happening in Rhode Island. Have an idea? E-mail us at RInews@globe.com.
- Common Cause Rhode Island is hosting its first “Demystifying Democracy” event of the year tonight at the RISD museum. The focus is on how a bill becomes law.
- Mayor Jorge Elorza is going to get to hear from several presidential candidates this week at the US Conference of Mayors’ event in Washington, D.C. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg will both speak today, and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is on the agenda tomorrow.
- Reader recommendation: If you need something fun to do tonight, check out trivia night at Luxe Burger.
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