Policy Agenda

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.

2021 Policy Agenda

  • Lifting RI Works Children and Families Out of Deep Poverty

    Increase the monthly cash assistance payment from 30% to 50% of the federal poverty level (from $554 to $915 for a family of 3), provide the $100 yearly clothing allowance to infants and toddlers as well as school aged children, allow parents to attend CCRI for two years to increase opportunities for better-paying jobs, and exclude income from earnings for up to 6 months when a parent starts a job to improve job retention. Learn More

  • Raising Revenues to Invest in Rhode Island

    Raise needed revenues so we can invest in our future. Legislation would create one new tax bracket for the top 1% of earners – at a marginal rate of 8.99% (in place of the current top rate of 5.99%) on income above $475,000. Learn More

  • Early Educator Investment Act / Child Care is Essential Act

    Highlight the crucial importance of the early childhood workforce and the problems early care programs have in attracting and retaining educators. Bill instructs the Children’s Cabinet to remedy the crisis by establishing a plan to address workforce compensation. Ensure access to affordable and high quality child care by adequately reimbursing child care providers and increasing the income eligibility limit. Learn More

  • Improving Rhode Island’s Paid Leave Program (TCI)

    Improve TCI, RI’s paid family leave program, by increasing the wage replacement for workers with the lowest incomes, create a tax credit for workers with low incomes who pay in but don’t use TCI, increase the number of weeks from 4 to 12, expands who can use TCI and expands category for whom one can care for. Learn More

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