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Making Work Pay for Working Families: Increasing the State's Earned Income Tax Credit
January 13, 2015 - Rhode Islanders who work full-time should be able to support their families. Yet, far too many are struggling to pay for housing, heat, food, and health care. This issue brief highlights reasons why Rhode Island’s refundable Earned Income Tax Credit should be increased to 20 percent from 10 percent. 

RI Work and Income Supports Among Lowest in New England
December 17, 2014 - Despite the oft-cited myth that the state offers more help to its residents than other states, the support we provide for working and under-employed families is among the lowest in New England.

2014 Rhode Island Standard of Need
December 17, 2014 -  Our study that documents what it costs to live and raise a family in Rhode Island and how work supports help families close the gap between income and expenses and meet their basic needs.

Policy Outcomes 2014
July 16, 2014 - This brief summary highlights several policy changes made in 2014 that will have an impact on the fiscal health of Rhode Island and its residents.