Tight labor market demands competitive pay

By Mary MacDonald The minimum wage increased in Rhode Island this month to $10.50 an hour, the second bump in two years. For the estimated 20,000 to 30,000 Rhode Islanders working at a primary job that pays that mandatory floor, this meant an immediate raise. But for many businesses whose pay ranges exceed the minimum, the tight labor market has …

The Uprising! January 4, 2019

Welcome to The Uprising! By my count this is my 53rd straight weekly wrap up. Let’s do this thing!   3f. State Rankings are Bullshit In his speech to the House after securing his Speakership, Mattiello outlined his legislative priorities. “We need to reduce regulatory burdens that hamper our businesses. We need to support programs that ensure that Rhode Islanders …

Women of Color Face Barriers to Opportunity in RI, Says New Report

Rhode Island women of color are facing significant barriers to opportunity with wages, education and affordable housing, according to a new report from the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island. “While we often hear about the gender wage gap and its subsequent wealth gap for women, this report really puts a spotlight on how deep the inequities go for our sisters of …

Rhode Island Women of Color 2018

On January 2, the Institute co-released its latest infographic Rhode Island Women of Color 2018: A Snapshot with the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island. Rhode Island women of color experience significant barriers to opportunity with respect to wages, education, and affordable housing. DOWNLOAD THE INFOGRAPHICENGLISH / SPANISH

People on the Move in R.I.: Week of Dec. 30, 2018

Bank Newport BankNewport has hired two new vice presidents/business development officers and a vice president/branch sales manager. Steven Carneiro, of West Warwick will be responsible for business development, commercial loan production, cross-sales origination and cross-team collaboration in the Coventry, Cranston, East Greenwich, North Kingstown, Warwick and greater Kent County market. He comes to BankNewport from the People’s Credit Union, where he …

The Uprising, December 21, 2018

Happy Holidays and welcome the The Uprising! 2. Rhode Island Standard of Need The Economic Progress Institute (EPI) publishes its Rhode Island Standard of Need(RISN) report twice a year to answer two important questions: What is the cost of meeting basic needs for families and individuals in Rhode Island? How do state and federal work and income  supports help households meet the cost of …

TGIF: Ian Donnis’ Politics/Media Roundup For December 21

Welcome to my last TGIF column of 2018. I’ll be off most of next week – so no column next Friday — but I’ll be back at work New Year’s Day to bring you the Rhode Island inaugural and the opening of the 2019 General Assembly session. Thanks for following my reporting and best wishes for a happy holiday. As …

Side of the Rhode: Who’s Hot and Who’s Not? – December 21, 2018

Every Friday, GoLocalProv takes a look at who is rising and who is falling in Rhode Island politics, business, culture, and sports. Now, we are expanding the list, the political perspectives, and we are going to a GoLocal team approach while encouraging readers to suggest nominees for who is “HOT” and who is “NOT.” Email GoLocal by midday on Thursday …

Making work pay for low-income workers

Rhode Island has fallen behind other New England states in helping workers via the Earned Income Tax Credit After decades of wage stagnation and increasing inequality, politicians and academics of all stripes have been seeking ways of aiding workers on the lower end of the wage scale. Economic studies from Berkeley to Boston show that the Earned Income Tax credit …