Legislative Testimony

Throughout the legislative session, the Economic Progress Institute tracks the budget and other bills being considered by the Rhode Island General Assembly affecting the economic well-being of low- and modest-income Rhode Islanders. We present policy information and data-based testimony to committees in the General Assembly.


2020 Testimony

Testimony on Senate Bill 2147 (Minimum Wage)
The Institute supports legislation raising the minimum wage – ideally to $15/hour – as quickly as possible. Three reasons why we need a $15/hr minimum wage is: to help our workers, to help retain our workforce, and to provide an economic boost to our Rhode Island economy.

Testimony on House Bill 7247 (Motion Picture Tax Credit)
The Economic Progress Institute supports the creation of good jobs for Rhode Islanders and encouraging economic development in those communities most in need of such development. Given this context, the Institute has significant concerns with H-7247, which would allow the director of the Film & Television Office to waive the current requirement that productions must have Rhode Island serve as their primary location.

Testimony on Senate Bill 2124 (Doula Services)
The Institute supports passage of S-2124, which would require the Medicaid program and other health insurers to cover perinatal doula services. Long standing racial and ethnic disparities persist in maternal and child health outcomes in Rhode Island. Reducing disparities, improving birth outcomes and reducing state costs is a win-winwin for our residents and the state.

Testimony on House Bill 7157 (Minimum Wage)
The Institute supports legislation raising the minimum wage – ideally to $15/hour – as quickly as possible. Three reasons why we need a $15/hr minimum wage is to: help our workers, to help retain our workforce, and to provide an economic boost to our Rhode Island economy.


Past Testimony

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