Side of the Rhode: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not? – December 21, 2018

Every Friday, GoLocalProv takes a look at who is rising and who is falling in Rhode Island politics, business, culture, and sports. Now, we are expanding the list, the political perspectives, and we are going to a GoLocal team approach while encouraging readers to suggest nominees for who is “HOT” and who is “NOT.” Email GoLocal by midday on Thursday …

Making work pay for low-income workers

Rhode Island has fallen behind other New England states in helping workers via the Earned Income Tax Credit After decades of wage stagnation and increasing inequality, politicians and academics of all stripes have been seeking ways of aiding workers on the lower end of the wage scale. Economic studies from Berkeley to Boston show that the Earned Income Tax credit …

Study finds the wealthy pay a lesser share of their income in taxes in R.I.

By Scott Blake -October 18, 2018 4:01 pm PROVIDENCE – The greater your income in Rhode Island, the less of it you pay in state and local taxes, a new study finds. The top one percent of Rhode Islanders [those making more than $467,700 a year] pay 7.9 percent of their income in total state and local taxes, while the bottom 20 …

Low-income taxpayers in Rhode Island pay over 50 percent more in taxes than the wealthiest

UpriseRI A new study released today by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) and the Economic Progress Institute finds that the lowest-income Rhode Islanders pay 53 percent more in taxes as a percent of their income compared to the state’s wealthiest residents. The study, Who Pays? A Distributional Analysis of the Tax Systems in All 50 States, evaluates …

Who Pays?, 6th editon

A new study recently released by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) and The Economic Progress Institute finds that the lowest-income Rhode Islanders pay 53 percent more in taxes as a percent of their income compared to the state’s wealthiest residents. The study, Who Pays? A Distributional Analysis of the Tax Systems in All 50 States, analyzes tax …

Scott MacKay Commentary: What the RI Right Can Learn From Progressives

  By Scott MacKay • Oct 5, 2018 Rhode Island conservatives and Republicans are bemoaning the leftward turn of the state’s Democratic Party. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay begs to disagree.  If you listen to the conservative rhetoric, you might think Rhode Island is sliding into a socialist state. Republican State Rep. Patricia Morgan said last week in a Providence Journal op-ed piece …

Department of Labor holds a listening session on the overtime rule in Providence

“One of the many reasons reasons wages for American workers have stagnated is the “antiquated overtime threshold” said Douglas Hall, director of economic and fiscal policy the Economic Progress Institute. “Not only has the overtime threshold been stagnant since 2004, it’s never been meaningfully inflation adjusted since it was set in 1975.” Hall was speaking at a United States Department of Labor (DOL) “listening …

Facts and Stats 2018: U.S. Census Data Analysis on Poverty and Income

The data also show that Rhode Island’s communities of color were much more likely to live in poverty with poverty rates for Blacks and Latinos three times those of Whites. The overall median income masks the hurdles faced by communities of color in our state. Latino ($41,123) and Black ($37,781) median incomes trail overall median income by a wide margin, …

Facts and Stats 2018: U.S. Census Data Analysis on Health Care

In 2017, Medicaid expansion allowed 75,000 single adults with income marginally above the poverty line to have health insurance coverage, representing 23% of the Medicaid-insured population. The balance of the Medicaid-insured included: 20,000 seniors (6%), 32,000 adults with disabilities (10%) and 12,000 children with disabilities (4%). The majority (51%) of Medicaid enrollees were pregnant women, children and their families (166,000). …