How to Cover Rhode Island’s Revenue Shortfall

With the economic fallout from the COVID-19 crisis, Rhode Island faces an estimated revenue shortfall of at least $617.7M for FY2021. As policymakers design the state’s FY2021 budget, they will consider this shortfall and means of addressing it. Contrary to claims that cutting spending will prove an absolute necessity, policymakers have options for avoiding destructive cuts — cuts that will …

Rhode Islanders Don’t Move Because of Tax Policy

In order to grow thriving families and communities and a prosperous economy, Rhode Island depends upon tax revenues to provide for critical public goods and services. Rhode Island’s personal income tax system is moderately progressive, meaning that individuals and families with the lowest incomes pay a lower percentage than those with higher incomes. Those with the highest incomes can afford …

COVID-19: Protecting Rhode Islanders and the State’s Economy

The COVID-19 pandemic is both a public health crisis and an economic crisis. When put together these become a moral crisis. Many people have been asked to make temporary economic sacrifices in order to protect public health and save lives. When we ask people to make such sacrifices, we, as a state, have a moral obligation to help them. And …

Are Economic Development Tax Incentives Reports Facilitating Transparency and Accountability?

Like most states, Rhode Island offers numerous tax incentives seeking to generate economic activity and create jobs. These Economic Development Incentives aim to leverage state revenues to encourage new business startups, facilitate the expansion of existing businesses, and attract new businesses to the state. The incentives take many forms, including those of tax credits, tax exemptions, tax deductions, and preferential …

Highlights of the Governor’s Proposed FY2021 Budget

The Governor’s proposed FY2021 budget (“the budget”) totals $10.2 billion, an increase of $224M over the enacted FY2020 budget. This includes $4.2 billion in general revenue ($170M more than 2020) and $3.3 billion in federal funds ($2.2M less than 2020), with the balance from restricted receipts ($349M, $38M more than 2020) and other sources such as lottery revenue ($2.3 billion, …

The Uneven Path 2020

Economic insecurity is at the root cause of many problems women and girls face in Rhode Island. Work support programs such as subsidized child care, when well-funded, provide vital support for families not earning adequate income. In the 2020 Uneven Path, we review the status of these programs and provide information about two professions in which women comprise the majority …