RI Supports for Working Families Among Lowest in New England

Rhode Islanders who work full-time should be able to afford housing, food, and health care. Yet far too many jobs pay wages that are too low for families to meet their most basic needs. Many working families would not be able to get by if not for government funded work and income supports that help close the gap between earnings and expenses. Contrary …

Increasing Rhode Island’s Minimum Wage & EITC

Policies that boost the economy; help thousands of Ocean State families The Governor’s FY17 Budget Article 13 increases the minimum wage to $10.10 next year and expands the state earned income tax credit from 12.5 percent to 15 percent of the federal credit (the Governor indicated an interest in further expanding the EITC pending available resources following the mid-year revenue forecast). …

Budget Highlights: FY2017 Budget

Governor Raimondo released her FY17 budget in February. We have highlighted several areas that are important to the fiscal health of the state and its residents. Common Sense Boosts for Rhode Island Working Families One of the core principles of the Governor’s 2017 budget proposal is “opportunity for all”. Helping hard-working families get ahead by supporting an increase in the minimum …

Transparency and Accountability for Economic Development Tax Incentives

The Rhode Island Economic Development Tax Incentives Evaluation Act of 2013 requires state analysts to conduct cost-benefit analyses of a number of the state’s economic development tax incentives. The law requires the Governor to include recommendations for continuing, modifying or terminating recently evaluated incentives in her proposed budget. Credits are evaluated every three years. The first set of evaluations was scheduled to be produced …

The State of Working Rhode Island 2015: Workers of Color

Although Rhode Island’s overall economy continues to slowly but steadily recover from the Great Recession, workers of color—particularly Rhode Island’s Latino community— continue to bear the brunt of a vulnerable economy. Some of these economic hardships reflect the lingering effects of the Great Recession – a recession that has left the state with over ten thousand fewer jobs today than …

Response to the State’s 2015 Tax Credit and Incentive Report

Report shows RI gave up close to $30 million in revenue to five tax credits last year PROVIDENCE, RI (August 18, 2015) – The most recent legislative session continued to be dominated by debate about how best to spur Rhode Island’s economy.  Lawmakers maintained their focus on tax credits and incentives as a primary economic development strategy and created several …

Medicaid at 50: Serving Rhode Islanders by keeping them healthy and insured.

A new fact-sheet from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities highlights the Medicaid program in the Ocean State. Currently, 1 in 4 Rhode Islanders are currently covered by Medicaid. Additionally, the Center highlights the efficiency of the program—as private insurance costs have soared, Medicaid costs and spending have grown much more slowly.

2015 Legislative Outcomes

 July 07, 2015 This year the Institute informed and influenced the debate on a host of policy issues related to tax policy, child care, and health care. Here is a summary of several policy changes that will have an impact on the fiscal health of Rhode Island and its residents.  Click here to download the document. Earned Income Tax Credit …

Making Child Care Affordable for More Rhode Island Families

A majority of young Rhode Island children and their families need affordable, quality child care. Almost three-quarters of children under age six have their parent(s) working, meaning that these children spend some time in child care. Parents rely on child care so they can work and at the same time provide the early education experiences that can better prepare their children for school. …

Affordable Health Insurance Options for Uninsured Rhode Islanders

The type of health insurance available to you and your family depends on your income. Adults with income below 138% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) may be eligible for RIte Care/Medicaid. The RIte Care/Medicaid income limits for children and pregnant women are higher. Individuals and families with income above the RIte Care/Medicaid limits can buy coverage through Health Source …