• Governor says budget shouldn't include $1M for chiropractor

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    CRANSTON, R.I. (AP) - Gov. Gina Raimondo says the state shouldn't spend $1 million on a Cranston chiropractor because medical experts have doubts about his treatment program.

    The state budget, scheduled for a House vote Friday, includes money for chiropractor Victor Pedro, an advocate of cortical integrative therapy to treat brain injuries and disorders. It's not covered by most group health insurance plans.

    Raimondo says the state has a policy not to fund procedures the federal government hasn't approved. She thinks they should save the $1 million.

    A spokesman for House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, a Cranston Democrat, defended the proposed funding as providing appropriate resources to a program offering unique treatment in difficult cases.

    Pedro and Mattiello's relationship goes back several years.

    WPRI-TV reports lawmakers have steered at least $1.76 million in taxpayer money to Pedro's programs since 2004.

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    Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com

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