A new report suggests that a handful of state policy changes could improve the economic circumstances of single-mother households in Rhode Island including, but not limited to:
• Improve the State’s cash assistance program “Rhode Island Works” so it is better able to prepare low-skilled mothers for the workforce;
• Make modest expansions to the State’s child care assistance program to mitigate the “cliff effect” and allow access to parents who want to improve their skills.
• Increase the State’s minimum wage to $8.25.
• Enhance the State’s earned income tax credit by increasing the amount of the refund that is available to working families.
• Repeal the RIte Care premium so that in covering both parents and children, families aren’t required to pay two premiums – one for RIte Care for their children and one for health insurance for parents through the new Exchange.