Voters to decide whether to spend $250M to rebuild schools

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island voters will soon decide whether the state will spend $250 million to rebuild schools.

The statewide ballot question on Tuesday asks voters' permission for the first phase of an ambitious plan to rebuild schools.

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo has championed the plan, asking for a "once-in-a-generation investment" to fix schools after years of neglect.

The money would help municipalities build new schools and renovate existing facilities as part of a 10-year plan. If approved, the state money, combined with municipal spending, is expected to eventually total more than $2 billion.

There's no major concerted opposition to the question, but some have questioned whether all school districts would benefit.

Voters are also being asked to authorize $70 million on higher education facilities and nearly $50 million for environmental and recreational projects.

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