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Group Formed to Identify Wasteful Spending

Republican members of the General Assembly have formed a policy group to identify wasteful spending and they're looking at the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority's finances first.

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Republican members of the General Assembly have formed a policy group to identify wasteful spending and they're looking at the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority's finances first.

The authority operates the convention center, the Dunkin' Donuts Center, Veterans Memorial Auditorium and two parking garages.

Deputy Minority Leader Patricia Morgan says the state pays $20 million to $25 million annually for the debt issued by the authority nearly 30 years ago to build the facilities. She says the authority should be making enough by now to contribute to the debt service and other expenses.

An authority spokeswoman didn't immediately return a message seeking comment.

The authority says in a recent report it continues to feel the effects of the recession, as consumers continue to choose their entertainment options cautiously. 

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