Study finds the wealthy pay a lesser share of their income in taxes in R.I.

By Scott Blake -October 18, 2018 4:01 pm PROVIDENCE – The greater your income in Rhode Island, the less of it you pay in state and local taxes, a new study finds. The top one percent of Rhode Islanders [those making more than $467,700 a year] pay 7.9 percent of their income in total state and local taxes, while the bottom 20 …

Low-income taxpayers in Rhode Island pay over 50 percent more in taxes than the wealthiest

UpriseRI A new study released today by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) and the Economic Progress Institute finds that the lowest-income Rhode Islanders pay 53 percent more in taxes as a percent of their income compared to the state’s wealthiest residents. The study, Who Pays? A Distributional Analysis of the Tax Systems in All 50 States, evaluates …

Who Pays?, 5th editon

A new study recently released by the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) and The Economic Progress Institute finds that the lowest-income Rhode Islanders pay 53 percent more in taxes as a percent of their income compared to the state’s wealthiest residents. The study, Who Pays? A Distributional Analysis of the Tax Systems in All 50 States, analyzes tax …

Scott MacKay Commentary: What the RI Right Can Learn From Progressives

  By Scott MacKay • Oct 5, 2018 Rhode Island conservatives and Republicans are bemoaning the leftward turn of the state’s Democratic Party. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay begs to disagree.  If you listen to the conservative rhetoric, you might think Rhode Island is sliding into a socialist state. Republican State Rep. Patricia Morgan said last week in a Providence Journal op-ed piece …

Department of Labor holds a listening session on the overtime rule in Providence

“One of the many reasons reasons wages for American workers have stagnated is the “antiquated overtime threshold” said Douglas Hall, director of economic and fiscal policy the Economic Progress Institute. “Not only has the overtime threshold been stagnant since 2004, it’s never been meaningfully inflation adjusted since it was set in 1975.” Hall was speaking at a United States Department of Labor (DOL) “listening …

Facts and Stats 2018: U.S. Census Data Analysis on Poverty and Income

The data also show that Rhode Island’s communities of color were much more likely to live in poverty with poverty rates for Blacks and Latinos three times those of Whites. The overall median income masks the hurdles faced by communities of color in our state. Latino ($41,123) and Black ($37,781) median incomes trail overall median income by a wide margin, …

Facts and Stats 2018: U.S. Census Data Analysis on Health Care

In 2017, Medicaid expansion allowed 75,000 single adults with income marginally above the poverty line to have health insurance coverage, representing 23% of the Medicaid-insured population. The balance of the Medicaid-insured included: 20,000 seniors (6%), 32,000 adults with disabilities (10%) and 12,000 children with disabilities (4%). The majority (51%) of Medicaid enrollees were pregnant women, children and their families (166,000). …

My Turn: Douglas Hall: R.I. needs more progressive policies

By Douglas Hall Labor Day provides an opportunity to consider the working conditions, economic indicators and public policies that reflect and shape the experience of working Rhode Islanders. Rhode Islanders want to be part of an economy that lets them provide for their families, while contributing to safe and prosperous communities, with good schools, and vibrant public spaces such as …

Our Turn: Rachel Flum and Leanne Barett: New sick-leave policy in R.I.

By Rachel Flum and Leanne Barrett July 1 is an exciting day for Rhode Island. This is the day that 100,000 workers will start earning sick leave under the state’s new Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act, thanks to the hard work of a broad coalition of local businesses, individuals, community organizations and the bills’ sponsors, Sen. Maryellen Goodwin …