Policy Outcomes 2014

The Institute informed and influenced the debate on a host of policy issues related to affordable child care, workforce development, and tax policy. This brief summary highlights several policy changes that will have an impact on the fiscal health of Rhode Island and its residents. Child care expansions extended Two important expansions made to the Child Care Assistance Program last …

How Child Care Expansions Help R.I. Moms

May 09, 2014 Tonya, Participant in Culinary Arts Training Testimony in Support of Child Care Bills S2486 & H7733  Good evening House Finance Committee members, my name is Tonya, I’m here today in support of this childcare bill. Upon inquiring at the local networkRI one stop center in Woonsocket for assistance in finding a job, my one stop counselor contacted …

Improving access to affordable child care

State investments in child care assistance have dropped by more than 80 percent since 2007, when income limits were rolled back as part of state budget cuts. The Institute has been working with our community partners to expand access to affordable child care so that parents can go to work knowing their child is safe, and children can get a …

Improve Rhode Island’s Earned Income Tax Credit to Help Hard-working Rhode Islanders

March 31, 2014 The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is widely recognized as one of the most effective policies at keeping low-income working families out of poverty by supplementing wages and encouraging work. It is estimated that the federal EITC kept 6.5 million working Americans out of poverty in 2012. Rhode Island is among 25 states and the District of …

Work in Progress: Latinos in the RI Workforce

As the fastest growing ethnic group in Rhode Island, Latinos will play a more prominent role in the future of the state’s workforce and economic growth, according to an infographic released  by the Latino Policy Institute (LPI) at Roger Williams University and The Economic Progress Institute. While the working age Latino population, defined as ages 16 to 64, is expected …

Improving economic security and opportunity for single mother households in Rhode Island

 A new report suggests that a handful of state policy changes could improve the economic circumstances of single-mother households in Rhode Island including, but not limited to: •  Improve the State’s cash assistance program “Rhode Island Works” so it is better able to prepare low-skilled mothers for the workforce; •  Make modest expansions to the State’s child care assistance program to …

Raising the minimum wage to $10.10: A win-win for Rhode Island workers and the economy

April 04, 2013 Raising the minimum wage will improve the economic well-being of Rhode Islanders and strengthen the state’s economy.  Giving the lowest paid workers a raise will improve their economic security and help curb the growth in income inequality, which has been significant in the Ocean State over the past three decades.  Putting more money in the pockets of …

Response to Governor Chafee’s Proposed Budget for Fiscal Year 2014

The Governor’s proposed budget outlines several important policy priorities for the coming year. It includes new investments in many of the areas that are critically important to moving our economy forward, including infrastructure, education and workforce development. Unfortunately, the proposal fails to make meaningful improvements and investments in programs that address the needs of lower-income Rhode Islanders including housing, child …

Pulling Apart: A State-by-State Analysis of Income Trends

November 14, 2012 Gap Between Rich and Poor Grew More in Rhode Island than in Many Other States since 1970s Providence, RI —Income gaps widened in Rhode Island between the late 1970s and the mid-2000s, as they did for the country as a whole, according to a new study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic …