Summary of 2012 Legislation Impacting the Workforce Development System

Workforce Development System Biennial Program and Funding Plan. The Rhode Island Workforce Alliance promoted this important policy that requires the Governor’s Workforce Board (GWB) to submit to the governor and general assembly a biennial employment and training plan beginning March 15th of 2012 and every other year thereafter. The Plan must include a funding plan necessary to achieve system priorities …

Who is the Affordable Care Act Helping in Rhode Island?

Health care reform legislation, called the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was passed by Congress in 2010. The ACA is designed to ensure that nearly all Americans have health insurance through commercial or public coverage, control health care costs, and improve the health care delivery system. Many Rhode Islanders and Americans are already benefiting from parts of the law that have …

The Basic Health Program: Providing Affordable Coverage for Rhode Islanders

A key goal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to allow more Americans to have health coverage by providing affordable health insurance. Under the new law, Rhode Islanders will be covered through several ways: Affordable Employer Sponsored Coverage Medicaid: People with incomes that are at or below 138% of the federal poverty level (including adults without …

Raising Revenue from High-Income Households in Rhode Island

March 07, 2012 In recent years following the Great Recession, states have responded to the collapse in tax revenue by turning to tax increases on high-income households. The substantial revenue collected as a result can help sustain vital public services, including education, public safety, and infrastructure. Such proposals are being considered in Rhode Island, where a significant number of lawmakers …

A More Modern Day Sales Tax

March 07, 2012 Rhode Island must continue to update its out of-date sales tax to be able to make investments in education, public safety, transportation and the other services that are necessary to build a strong economy. Rhode Island continues to have one of the most narrow sales tax bases in the country due in part to the large number …

Investing in Rhode Island’s Workforce for 21st Century Jobs

A skilled workforce is key to Rhode Island’s economic recovery and future competitiveness. Workers must have some level of post-secondary education or training to fill the middle-skill occupations that comprise the majority of Rhode Island’s jobs. A vibrant workforce training system is responsive to employer needs and ensures that workers have opportunities to enhance their skills. Read the fact sheet: Investing …

Rhode Island’s State Budget Process

Have you ever wanted to weigh in on the state budget, but didn’t know how or when? Would you like to train your community members, clients or constituents how to have a say in the state’s spending plan? Our new online presentation gives you the basics about how Rhode Island’s state budget is developed, with tips on how and when …

Rhode Islanders Need Child Care: Facts about the Child Care Assistance Program

March 27, 2012 The majority of Rhode Island families need child care. Seventy percent (70%) of Rhode Island children under age six have all parents in the workforce, meaning that these children spend at least some time in child care. That is higher than the U.S. average of 64%1. Child care is expensive. The average cost of care for children …

Drastic Drops in Spending and Caseloads for Child Care Program in Rhode Island

March 27, 2012 The Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) was enacted in 1997 to assure access to high quality child care for children in low and moderate income working families. Enrollment and funding increased each year until 2005. From 2005 to 2011 total funding declined by 40% and general revenue investment dropped from $56.1 million from $9.3 million in 2011. …