My Turn: Alan Krinsky: Minimum wage increases cause little harm

By Alan Krinsky In his Feb. 4 Commentary piece (“Getting harder to do business in R.I.”), Christopher Carlozzi repeats the claim that raising the minimum wage harms workers and the economy. Carlozzi, the Rhode Island and Massachusetts state director for the National Federation of Independent Business, attempts to back up this claim by pointing to the effects of minimum wage …

Anti-choice groups silent on issues of real importance to children and families

By Steve Ahlquist Planned Parenthood of Southern New England “supports Rhode Island increasing the minimum wage to at least $15/hour by 2023 as Massachusetts has done,” reads testimony in Support of Budget Article 13, presented to the Senate Committee on Finance on February 7. Why is Planned Parenthood concerned about the minimum wage? Isn’t Planned Parenthood all about reproductive justice …

Bid to hike R.I.’s minimum wage pits advocates against businesses

By Katherine Gregg Journal Political Writer The National Federation of Independent Business, at a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee, warns that the move would end up reducing entry-level jobs and workers’ hours. Economic Progress Institute says studies dispute job loss argument. PROVIDENCE — The latest push to raise Rhode Island’s $10.50-an-hour minimum wage by 60 cents — to boost …

Highlights of the Governor’s Proposed FY2020 Budget

The Governor’s proposed FY2020 budget (“the budget”) totals $9.9 billion, an increase of $358 million (M) over the enacted FY2019 budget. This includes $4.1 billion in general revenue ($167M more than 2019), $3.3 billion in federal funds ($110M more than 2019) with the balance from restricted receipts ($30M) and other sources such as lottery revenue ($2.3 billion). We have highlighted …

The wage gap is bad for Rhode Island women, its worse for women of color

By Juan Espinoza Economic Progress Institute. The wage gap between women and men is often mentioned as one of the hardest barriers for women to overcome in the workforce. However, Rhode Island’s women of color face even higher barriers to economic security. A new infographic co-released by the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island and the Economic Progress Institute shows how women …

How you can help increase Rhode Island’s Earned Income Tax Credit!

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a common-sense tax break that reduces the income tax owed by lower-wage working families, allowing them to contribute more to vibrant local economies. Many hard-working Ocean State families are struggling to pay for housing, heat, food, and health care. Federal and state EITCs helps working families close that gap, providing a refundable tax …

Tight labor market demands competitive pay

By Mary MacDonald The minimum wage increased in Rhode Island this month to $10.50 an hour, the second bump in two years. For the estimated 20,000 to 30,000 Rhode Islanders working at a primary job that pays that mandatory floor, this meant an immediate raise. But for many businesses whose pay ranges exceed the minimum, the tight labor market has …

The Uprising! January 4, 2019

Welcome to The Uprising! By my count this is my 53rd straight weekly wrap up. Let’s do this thing!   3f. State Rankings are Bullshit In his speech to the House after securing his Speakership, Mattiello outlined his legislative priorities. “We need to reduce regulatory burdens that hamper our businesses. We need to support programs that ensure that Rhode Islanders …

Women of Color Face Barriers to Opportunity in RI, Says New Report

Rhode Island women of color are facing significant barriers to opportunity with wages, education and affordable housing, according to a new report from the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island. “While we often hear about the gender wage gap and its subsequent wealth gap for women, this report really puts a spotlight on how deep the inequities go for our sisters of …

Rhode Island Women of Color 2018

On January 2, the Institute co-released its latest infographic Rhode Island Women of Color 2018: A Snapshot with the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island. Rhode Island women of color experience significant barriers to opportunity with respect to wages, education, and affordable housing. DOWNLOAD THE INFOGRAPHICENGLISH / SPANISH