Each year the Economic Progress Institute collaborates with our community partners to advocate for state policies and investments that will put more Rhode Islanders and our state on a path towards economic progress.
2020 Policy Agenda
Lifting RI Works Children and Families Out of Deep Poverty
Increase the RI Works benefit, which hasn’t been adjusted in thirty years, from 31% of the federal poverty level ($554 for a family of 3) to 50% ($889) over two years so families can better meet basic needs. Support parent’s transition to work by excluding earned income for six months.
Investing in Child Care
Ensure access to affordable and high quality child care by adequately reimbursing child care providers. Highlight the crucial importance of the early childhood workforce and the problems early care programs have in attracting and retaining educators
Increasing a Tax Credit for Working Families
Increase the state’s Earned Income Credit from 15% of the federal credit to 20% so workers keep more of their paycheck to better support their families.
Improving Family-Friendly Workplace Policies: Paid Family Leave
Improve paid family leave so more workers can afford to take time to care for and bond with a new baby or care for family members.
Raising State Revenues
Raise needed revenues so we can invest in our future. Legislation would create a new personal income tax rate for the state’s high-income 1% of earners.