EPI Report details four transformative and equity-centered ways Rhode Island can invest ARPA funding

UpRise RI As Rhode Island lawmakers are engaged in final negotiations over the FY2023 state budget, the Economic Progress Institute (EPI) has published a report outlining how Rhode Island can shift expenditures of some American Rescue Program Act (ARPA) State Fiscal Recovery Funds (SFRF) as proposed in the Governor’s recommended budget to items that both embrace transformation and center equity. …

RI has resources to lift children from extreme poverty

Elizabeth Lange Special to Providence Journal (Print Edition) The time to act is now to lift more than 5,000 children in Rhode Island out of extreme poverty. The measure commonly used to define poverty is the federal poverty level (FPL), and equates to $1,919 per month for a family of three. Extreme poverty is defined as half of FPL — …

The Economic Progress Institute Announces New Executive Director

PROVIDENCE, RI—The Economic Progress Institute is pleased to announce the appointment of Weayonnoh Nelson-Davies as its new Executive Director. Succeeding Rachel Flum and Interim Executive Director Margaux Morisseau, Nelson-Davies will lead the Economic Progress Institute in the next phase of its work to provide research, education, and advocacy on policies that improve economic security and opportunity for Rhode Islanders. Since …

RI Foundation: Use federal COVID aid to build homes, not to fix Superman Building

Patrick Anderson The Providence Journal PROVIDENCE — Rhode Islanders had plenty of ideas — more than 400, in fact — on how the state should spend its $1-billion American Rescue Plan windfall. They ranged from writing every resident a $600 check to investing in nuclear reactors to renovating the “Superman” building. But after six months of studying and compiling ideas, policy experts convened by the Rhode …

RI Foundation: Use federal COVID aid to build homes, not to fix Superman Building

The state needs to correction issues residents faced long before the COVID-19 pandemic, the foundation’s president and CEO said By Alexa Gagosz Globe Staff,Updated October 19, 2021, 9:30 a.m. PROVIDENCE — Lawmakers in Rhode island are about to meet in committee hearings to develop ways in which Governor Dan McKee’s administration can spend the state’s $1.13 billion in federal dollars. …

RI Foundation panel sees housing, mental health, training as best uses of $1.1 billion federal windfall

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Affordable housing and support for hard-hit communities should be top priorities for Rhode Island leaders as they spend the state’s $1.1 billion in American Rescue Plan Act funding, according to a highly anticipated report released Tuesday. General Assembly leaders have been awaiting the recommendations from the 15-member steering committee — which was convened by the Rhode Island …

Opinion/Clausius-Parks and Katz: It’s time to raise the RI Works benefit amount

Paige Clausius-Parks and Linda Katz Guest columnists Paige Clausius-Parks is a senior policy analyst at Rhode Island KIDS COUNT. Linda Katz is the policy director at the Economic Progress Institute. While many of us may feel relieved with increasing numbers of vaccinations in RI and the gradual return to our previous lives, many low-income Rhode Islanders continue to face deep …

Advocates push to provide health insurance for all RI children, regardless of immigration status

By Steve Ahlquist Representative David Morales and Senator Sandra Cano called for passage of their legislation (H5714 / S0576) at a State house press conference on Thursday to ensure that all low-income children, regardless of immigration status, qualify for health insurance under the state’s RIte Care program. The legislation “would establish Rhode Island’s commitment to provide health insurance to all …

Activists call on RI House to raise taxes on the one percent

By Steve Ahlquist Community leaders, advocates, and lawmakers gathered outside the Veterans Memorial Auditorium on Thursday – the temporary meeting place of the Rhode Island House of Representatives – with a clear demand: it’s time to invest our communities’ well-being by raising revenue from the top 1% highest income earners in our state. “It’s time to invest in our people …