PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI/AP) — Gov. Gina Raimondo applied her signature Friday to Rhode Island’s new $9.6 billion budget.

No budget is perfect, but the budget I signed today protects our investments in job training + education and expands our commitments to RI families.

— Gina Raimondo (@GovRaimondo) June 22, 2018

The tax-and-spending plan was approved by a 34-2 vote in the Senate Wednesday after winning the support of the House last week.

The budget allows the state to implement sports betting at two Twin River casinos, asks voters to authorize $250 million in bonds for school construction and restores funding for people with developmental disabilities. It increases the fee medical marijuana dispensaries pay from $5,000 to $250,000.

It’s about $300 million more than last year’s budget.

Raimondo says the budget protects economic progress the state has made and reflects shared values.

.@GovRaimondo‘s office says her staff will not accept the raises for other state employees that take effect July 1 under the newly signed budget.

— Ted Nesi (@TedNesi) June 22, 2018

She applauded investments in schools and job training, her top priorities. She highlighted increased spending on foster care and senior centers.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says the budget maintains services without broad tax increases. It continues phasing out the car tax, Mattiello’s priority.

Our coverage of the state budget will continue tonight on Eyewitness News starting live at 5. Watch the full signing ceremony below:

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