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Making Work Pay for Working Families: Increasing the State's Earned Income Tax Credit
January 13, 2015 - Rhode Islanders who work full-time should be able to support their families. Yet, far too many are struggling to pay for housing, heat, food, and health care. This issue brief highlights reasons why Rhode Island’s refundable Earned Income Tax Credit should be increased to 20 percent from 10 percent. 

RI Work and Income Supports Among Lowest in New England
December 17, 2014 - Despite the oft-cited myth that the state offers more help to its residents than other states, the support we provide for working and under-employed families is among the lowest in New England.

2014 Rhode Island Standard of Need
December 17, 2014 -  Our study that documents what it costs to live and raise a family in Rhode Island and how work supports help families close the gap between income and expenses and meet their basic needs.

Policy Outcomes 2014
July 16, 2014 - This brief summary highlights several policy changes made in 2014 that will have an impact on the fiscal health of Rhode Island and its residents.

Few Winners and Many Losers in RI Tax Reform
June 09, 2014 - Read about the winners and losers in proposed changes to Rhode Island's estate tax, earned income tax credit, and property tax relief circuit breaker program.

How Child Care Expansions Help R.I. Moms
May 09, 2014 - Read about how recent expansions in child care assistance have helped Rhode Island moms who are trying to improve their family's economic security.

Corporate Tax Cuts Are Risky Business
May 07, 2014 - Read our issue brief that explains why tax cuts have but a negligible effect on creating jobs and generating economic activity and why RI lawmakers should adopt combined reporting if they reduce the state's corporate income tax.

Improving access to affordable child care
May 02, 2014 - Read more about the bills that the Institute is supporting to expand access to affordable child care, which is critical to low- and modest-income working families in Rhode Island.

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.

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.

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