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Speaker, Senate president to meet Tuesday on budget impasse

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio appeared together on "10 News Conference," Friday, April 28, 2017. (WJAR)

Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Dominick Ruggerio have set up a meeting to discuss the state budget impasse.

Mattiello spokesman Larry Berman said on Monday that the two plan to meet late in the day Tuesday at a location outside the State House.

The two Democratic leaders have been feuding over who bears responsibility for the two-and-a-half-week-old standoff over the state's $9.2 billion budget. The stalemate is causing uncertainty in local governments and school districts as state government operates at last year's spending levels.

The Rhode Island Republican Party isn't happy about the meeting, dubbing it a "secret summit."

"Two politicians are having a secret meeting to decide the fate of a $9 billion dollar (sic) budget and possibly other legislation like the $38 million taxpayer subsidized deal for the multimillionaire Pawsox owners. This is not transparent and this is not how government should work," party chairman Brandon Bell said in a statement.

Mattiello told WPRO radio on Friday that he wants to look Ruggerio in the eye and ask him "what he's up to."

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