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Stepping Back Read Rachel’s announcement of her stepping back as executive director and transitioning to a Senior Policy Analyst role at the Institute. Dear Friend, I’m writing to share some big news. Following five years as Executive Director, I have decided to take a step back from leadership of the Institute. I am grateful to have had the privilege of …

Rhode Island Works – Is it Working

Rhode Island Works (RI Works) is the state’s safety net program that provides cash assistance and work readiness services to low-income families with children under age 18. RI Works was passed in 2008, replacing the Family Independence Program (FIP) which was enacted in 1996 after federal welfare reform implemented the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) block grant. Approximately 4,100 …

Budget Rhode Map: Paving the Way to Good Jobs

Thanks to all of who you participated in our 10th annual policy and budget conference on Thursday! We were pleased to have been joined by state agency leaders, community providers, sponsors and more for a robust conversation on how to “Pave the Way for Good Jobs.” Please find materials, photos, videos and press from the event below. Let’s keep the …

The State of Working Rhode Island 2017: Paving the Way to Good Jobs

In the face of a rapidly evolving economy, Rhode Island’s education and workforce systems need to keep pace, to meet the dual needs of workers (who need to remain employable), and employers (who need skilled workers to produce the goods and provide the services demanded by consumers). As we invest in the Rhode Island workforce, we need to ensure that …

Budget Rhode Map: Our Path Around Federal Roadblocks

View the presentations from Doug Hall, Heidi Shierholz, and Abby Godino about federal threats to Rhode Island workers and what we can do to help. View the presentations from Linda Katz, Amy Rosenthal, and Karen Malcolm about federal threats on the health care front and what we can do to help. For a quick snapshot about our Budget Rhode Map …

More Rhode Islanders Have Health Insurance in 2015

New Census data show that the percentage of uninsured Rhode Islanders was 5.7 percent in 2015, half the rate it was in 2013, the year before the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect.  In 2014, 7.4% were uninsured. Two new avenues for affordable health insurance made available through the ACA have helped significant numbers of Rhode Islanders gain coverage.  …

Few Winners and Many Losers in RI Tax Reform

June 09, 2014 The budget passed by the House Finance committee made three significant tax policy changes that will impact the income of tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders. The estate tax, earned income tax credit, and property tax relief program were all dramatically altered in the budget. Read the Institute’s full analysis and June 6th and June 16th press releases. …

Defining the Essential Health Benefits

The ACA requires health plans to provide a set of “Essential Health Benefits” (EHBs).  This new fact sheet provides information about the EHBs and how advocates can give input to the state as it decides on Rhode Island’s EHBs.