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House speaker unveils 2017 priorities amid re-election fight

Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello has promised to reduce taxes in next year's legislative session, including the car tax and estate tax.

The Cranston Democrat unveiled his priorities Tuesday, just weeks before he faces Republican challenger Steven Frias in November's election.

Towns and cities set car taxes, not the state, but Mattiello says he wants to restore state aid to municipalities that lower the burden on car owners.

Frias has also called for cutting car and estate taxes and says Mattiello had his chance to do it earlier. He calls Mattiello's promises election-year gimmicks.

Mattiello spoke at the Cranston headquarters of Taco Comfort Solutions, where CEO John Hazen White, Jr., said he supported cutting the estate tax to keep executives like him from leaving Rhode Island.

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