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Gov. Gina Raimondo is asking state lawmakers for more time to prepare her first budget.

Raimondo wrote to House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed on Monday to ask for an extension to March 12.

The budget is due by Thursday under Rhode Island law.

Raimondo says she's a new governor and past governors have been granted extensions.

Her predecessor, Gov. Lincoln Chafee, submitted his first budget on March 9, 2011. His predecessor, Gov. Donald Carcieri, submitted his first budget on March 11, 2003.

House Finance Committee Chairman Raymond Gallison is expected to introduce legislation extending the due date.

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