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Rhode Island Works:
Is it working?

Rhode Island Works (RI Works) is the state’s safety net program that provides cash assistance and work readiness services to low-income families with children under age 18. RI Works was passed in 2008, replacing the Family Independence Program (FIP) which was enacted in 1996 after federal welfare reform implemented the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) block grant. Approximately 4,100 low-income families receive RI Works benefits. Eleven years after the implementation of RI Works, it is time to review how the program is working.

Highlights of the Governor’s Proposed FY2020 Budget

GovBudgetfy19The Governor’s proposed FY2020 budget (“the budget”) totals $9.9 billion, an increase of $358 million (M) over the enacted FY2019 budget. This includes $4.1 billion in general revenue ($167M more than 2019), $3.3 billion in federal funds ($110M more than 2019) with the balance from restricted receipts ($30M) and other sources such as lottery revenue ($2.3 billion). We have highlighted proposals in several areas that are important to the fiscal health of the state and its residents.

Latest Work

We work tirelessly to provide the most up to date and relevant information for Rhode Islanders.  You can see two recent works here or view our publications tab for a complete list.

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In the News

The Economic Progress Institute is a go-to source for expert information on budget and policy issues impacting the economic well-being of Rhode Islanders.

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Guide to Assistance Programs

Guide To Assistance

This Guide provides information about government assistance programs and community-based resources that help low- and modest-income Rhode Islanders meet basic needs. The Guide provides a general overview, eligibility rules and application information for each program in the areas of Income Supports, Food Assistance, Health Care, Child Care, Housing, Utilities and Tax Credits.

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RI Health Coverage Project

Read our latest publications and get information about health care changes in Rhode Island.

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Issues
We Work On

Rhode Island is a unique place to work, live and raise a family. We have a tradition of compassion and community. We know how important it is for our neighbors to be able to meet their most basic needs.

We believe in a Rhode Island that is committed to the common good, that fosters economic progress for all its residents, and that invests in what it takes to create a healthy, vibrant community and pass opportunity on to our children.

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Get Involved

Advocacy requires many voices. If you are looking for ways to help ensure economic progress for all Rhode Islanders, here are some opportunities that will allow you to make a difference:

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Facts and Stats

Facts & Stats

Find up to date information to help you find answers with links to news and documents.

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