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Testimony in Support of H7572, Adult Education
April 17, 2014 - We all know that a skilled workforce is vital to Rhode Island’s economic success. The Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (RIDE) estimates that with a $2 million investment, the adult education providers could open their doors to those standing on the threshold of opportunity.

Testimony in Support of H7564, Adult Education
April 17, 2014 - This bill would restore the availability of fee waiver for low income test takers. Removing financial obstacles for Rhode Islanders who are ready to obtain their GED is good public policy for the individual and his/her family, for our businesses and for our economy.

Testimony in Support of S2533, The Rhode Island Health Care Authority Act
April 14, 2014 - This legislation establishes a Health Care Commissioner and a Health Care Authority whose responsibility is to evaluate specific mechanisms to make our system more efficient and more affordable, and report back to the General Assembly next year.

Responsible Corporate Tax Reform
April 11, 2014 - Tax cuts have only a negligible effect on creating jobs and generating economic activity. What really works is investing in schools, transportation, safe communities and other tried and true building blocks of economic growth...If they are enacted, lawmakers should offset revenue losses by adopting a system used in many other states to make sure large, profitable, multi-state corporations pay their fair share for the services they use in Rhode Island.

Improve Rhode Island’s Earned Income Tax Credit to Help Hard-working Rhode Islanders
March 31, 2014 - Rhode Island should make the state EITC fully refundable to enhance the credit's effectiveness. This would help families offset the impact of regressive state and local taxes, help pay for one-time expenses such as car repairs and security deposits, and help families meet basic living expenses.

Testimony in opposition to S-2382
February 25, 2014 - The Economic Progress Institute opposes S-2382 which would require retailers to examine a photo identification when a buyer is using a SNAP EBT card.

Testimony in opposition to H-7313
February 25, 2014 - We oppose Representative Morgan’s bill that would prohibit RI Works recipients from using their benefits to purchase certain items and from using their EBT card at certain locations.

Improving Child Support Collections: A fairer system for collecting arrears
February 25, 2014 - Proposed legislation will help children and low-income parents – both the custodial parent who needs child support to help raise the child and the non-custodial parent for whom the system needs to be fair and reasonable to encourage payment.

Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour
February 18, 2014 - Raising the minimum wage is an important step that lawmakers can take to improve economic security and the ability of workers to pay for their most basic living expenses. Americans value work, and its time work provides more value to Americans.

Testimony regarding S2265 and Governor's Budget Article 20: Board of Education
February 12, 2014 - We recommend two changes to the proposed statute that will help to ensure parity among the higher education system, the K-12 system and the “adult education system” in terms of policy development, strategic planning, accountability, resource allocation, etc.

Testimony in Support of H7056 and H7194: Minimum Wage
February 04, 2014 - Giving the lowest paid workers a raise will improve their economic security and help curb the growth in income inequality, which has been significant in the Ocean State over the past three decades. The Economic Progress Institute strongly supports both bills that would increase the minimum wage. 

Testimony regarding Governor's Budget Article 14: Marketplace Fairness Act
February 04, 2014 - The Marketplace Fairness Act will authorize Congress to collect sales and use tax on all remote purchases.  It is anticipated that this would generate tens of millions of dollars in revenue for Rhode Island. The Economic Progress Institute advocates for strategic use and investment of these additional funds. 

Statement regarding proposals to repeal or reduce Rhode Island's sales tax
January 23, 2014 - Read comments from Executive Director, Kate Brewster, on proposals evaluated during her time on Rhode Island's Special Joint Legislative Commission to Study the Sales Tax Repeal Act of 2013.

The Economic Progress Institute: Comments on Proposed Medicaid Rules
December 03, 2013 -

Read comments submitted to the Executive Office of Health & Human Services on a number of proposed changes to the Medicaid program required by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

Work in Progress: Latinos in the RI Workforce
October 17, 2013 - While the working age Latino population is expected to increase by 5.6 percent by 2020, this demographic faces a number of challenges to realize their professional potential.  This infographic below highlights many of the strengths and challenges facing Latinos in the Rhode Island workforce.

Countdown to Coverage 2014: Rhode Island's Options for Affordable Health Coverage
September 26, 2013 - The Rhode Island Health Coverage Project's latest fact sheet explainshow Rhode Islanders will benefit from new health coverage optionsbeginning January 1, 2014 as well as information about Medicaid,HealthSource RI, tax credits, enrollment information and more.

Comments on Rhode Island 1115 Waiver Extension Request
August 19, 2013 - Read comments submitted to the Office of Health and Human Services regarding the state's request for an extension of its 1115 Medicaid waiver.

Response to the State's 2013 Tax Credit and Incentive Report
August 16, 2013 - Annual report shows that Rhode Island gave up close to $18M in revenue to five economic development tax credits last year.  Thanks to a new law, in the future Rhode Islanders will know whether these and other tax credits are cost-effective economic development strategies.

Outcomes of 2013 Legislative Session
July 12, 2013 - Outcomes of 2013 Legislative Session

A host of policy changes  will impact the economic well-being of  Rhode Islanders and the fiscal health of our state. Read a summary of the outcome of several policy proposals that were included in our annual legislative agenda.


6,500 Parents will Lose RIte Care on January 1, 2014 Under House Finance Committee Budget Proposal
June 21, 2013 -  Read our fact sheet about how 6,500 parents will lose RIte Care on January 1, 2014 under House Finance Committee Budget Proposal 

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