Building a Skilled Workforce: Moving Forward

October 10, 2010 An overview of the progress Rhode Island made to date in advancing the adult education system, strategic planning for a comprehensive workforce development system and creating a statewide career pathways system driven by industry needs. The recommendations focus on implementing and enhancing system planning and providing adequate funding to support a multi-year plan. Read the full report (PDF, …

Tax Topics for 2010

July 11, 2010 Rhode Islanders understand that we make a collective investment in a safe, prosperous state by setting aside a portion of our income to pay for the kinds of public structures and services that enhance the quality of life for all of us. In order to get Rhode Islanders back on their feet, and to ensure that our …

Office of Child Support Reductions Weaken Enforcement Capabilities

May 10, 2010 The Child Support program, operated by the Office of Child Support Services, is vitally important to tens of thousands of Rhode Island single parent families. This issue brief explains how reductions in staff and high caseloads weaken the ability of child support enforcement to establish orders and collect support for families. Child Support Staff Cuts 2010 Report (PDF, …

An Uneven Path: State Investments in Women’s Economic Self-Sufficiency

Income and work support programs are vital to a woman’s ability to seek and sustain employment while caring for her family. Rhode Island, like all states, has invested in programs that help low and modest-income working mothers and their families make ends meet. These programs include child care assistance, cash assistance, low-cost health insurance, and child support enforcement. In recent …

Corporate Giveaways Costly to Rhode Island Taxpayers

March 27, 2010 Ocean State missing the boat by failing to enact combined reporting and decoupling from the federal “domestic production deduction” corporate tax break Over the past decade, Rhode Island has given up hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue through a variety of tax breaks and giveaways of questionable value to the economy.  Even before the economic downturn, …

The Flat Tax Causing Steep Decline in Revenue

February 03, 2010 Over the past decade, Rhode Island has given up hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue through a variety of tax breaks of questionable value to the economy. The “flat tax” is one example of a tax break enacted in recent years that is costing the state tens of millions of dollars in forgone revenue. It has …

Report claiming Rhode Islanders moving out to avoid estate tax is unmoving

Press Statement From Kate Brewster, Executive Director, The Poverty Institute The most recent census found that Rhode Island’s population grew over the past decade[1]. So too have the number of wealthy taxpayers, according to information taken directly from federal tax returns[2]. Despite these facts, a report released today marks yet another attempt to lay the groundwork for more tax cuts for …

State of Working Rhode Island 2007

February 03, 2007 Rhode Island’s economy weathered the 2001-2002 recession well, adding new jobs as growth in the rest of the country stalled. Since 2004, however, the Rhode Island economy has fallen behind. Job growth is slowing, unemployment rising and the median wage fell by 0.6% since 2000, making Rhode Island the only state in New England to experience a …