Highlights of the 2019 General Assembly Session: 2020 Enacted Budget and Legislation

Overview The 2020 budget (“the budget”) for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2019 totals $9.971 billion: General Revenues  $4,077,594,991 40.9% Federal Funds  $3,325,364,065 33.4% Other Funds  $2,256,279,162 22.6% Restricted Receipts  $311,382,120 3.1% Total  $9,970,620,338 100% General Revenues include personal income taxes, corporate income taxes, sales taxes, and use fees. Federal Funds include, among other things, matching funds for Medicaid …

Improving Access and Quality: Rhode Island’s Child Care Assistance Program

In March 2018, Congress approved legislation to almost double the amount of discretionary funds for the main federal-state program to assist low-income families with child care expenses. Rhode Island received $5.1 million of these funds and has used the money as a catalyst to improve access and quality. The state’s no waiting-list policy of accepting all those eligible has continued, …

Why Repealing/Cutting the Estate Tax Will Hurt Rhode Island

Rhode Island’s estate tax provides revenues for programs and services critical to a strong economic foundation for the Ocean State. In 2014, the General Assembly increased the estate tax exemption to $1.5 million (an amount which has increased, due to inflation adjustments, to $1,561,719). In the four years since this change, Rhode Island has foregone $103.2 million in revenues through …

Report: R.I.’s family assistance benefit program needs improvement

By Elizabeth Graham -April 24, 2019 9:32 am PROVIDENCE – Safety net benefits for low income families with children under 18 in Rhode Island have not increased for nearly 30 years, and have fallen below the federal poverty level, according to a report released this week by the Economic Progress Institute. The Rhode Island Works program, which is operated by the R.I. …

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 …

Groups advocate for women’s economic justice

Bills address discrimination against women in workforce, sexual harassment By CLARA GUTMAN ARGEMÍ CONTRIBUTING WRITER A coalition of advocacy groups gathered Wednesday at the Women’s Economic Justice Day conference to present their platform, which supports multiple bills that would help working women in Rhode Island. Guest speakers at the conference included women workers, advocates and the legislators sponsoring these bills. …

Women’s Economic Justice Platform introduced in the General Assembly

The Women’s Economic Justice platform, which includes raising the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2023, guaranteeing fair pay for all workers, protecting Rhode Islanders from sexual harassment, ensuring access to affordable childcare, and improving paid family leave policies was introduced at the State House on Wednesday. Kelly Nevins, executive director of the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island …

Equal pay proposal returns to changed R.I. House

By Patrick Anderson Journal Staff Writer Progressive Rhode Island Democrats released a “Women’s Economic Justice Platform” on Wednesday that includes the latest effort to erase the gender pay gap. PROVIDENCE — As the number of women elected to the General Assembly hits a new high and the House prepares to vote on enshrining abortion rights in state law, progressive Rhode …

Economic Progress Institute on Call to Action at “Women’s Economic Justice Day” at RI State House

Rachel Flum with the Economic Progress Institute appeared on GoLocal LIVE ahead of “Women’s Economic Justice Day” at the Rhode Island State House on Wednesday. The event is a call to increase the minimum wage to $15 (S508), close the wage gap (H5659/S509), protect against sexual harassment, ensure access to affordable childcare, and improve paid family leave. The current list …

Campaign to Improve Paid Family Leave (TCI)

Rhode Island was a leader in creating one of the nation’s first paid leave programs for its workers–the Temporary Caregiver Insurance program (TCI). Since January 2014, TCI helps you afford to take time off from work so you can: TCI provides up to four weeks of partial wage replacement and protects your job and seniority while you are on leave. …