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RI’s Deadbeat Dads Owe $318M in Child Support
July 23, 2015 -

Beyond cracking down on deliberate deadbeats, the state should help non-custodial parents who are legitimately struggling to make payments, according to Rachel Flum, a senior policy analyst at the Institute for Economic Progress, a local research center.  

“Child support arrearages can build up when a parent becomes unemployed and we know that RI has suffered from high unemployment rates. To ensure that children receive the support to which they are entitled we need a comprehensive approach that not only provides the Office of Child Support Services with the resources they need, but that provides job training and job search for the low-skilled, unemployment non-custodial parents who are often unable to meet this important obligation,” Flum said.

Kids Count: R.I. ranks 31st overall in child well-being
July 21, 2015 - "Clearly Rhode Island's slow recovery has left workers and their children behind," said Kate Brewster, executive director of the Economic Progress Institute in Rhode Island. "The lack of stable, full-time employment directly impacts the economic well-being of children."

Medicaid at 50: Serving Rhode Islanders by keeping them healthy and insured.
July 14, 2015 - A new fact-sheet from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities highlights the Medicaid program in the Ocean State. The Center highlights the efficiency of the program—as private insurance costs have soared, Medicaid costs and spending have grown much more slowly.  

2015 Legislative Outcomes
July 07, 2015 - This year the Institute informed and influenced the debate on a host of policy issues related to tax policy, child care, and health care. Here is a summary of several policy changes that will have an impact on the fiscal health of Rhode Island and its residents.

Making Child Care Affordable for More Rhode Island Families
May 26, 2015 - Our latest issue brief about important policy changes that could help make child care affordable for more families in Rhode Island. 

Testimony regarding the reinvent Medicaid Act of 2015
May 19, 2015 - The Institute submitted testimony regarding the Reinvent Medicaid Act of 2015, highlighting the need to build on the state's strong Medicaid foundation and coordinate delivery system and payment changes with on-going state-wide multi-payer system reform initiatives.

Medicaid on the Move Conference Presentations
May 11, 2015 - Conference presentations from Cindy Mann and Linda Katz are now available on our website.  Learn more about Medicaid!  Video of all of the presentations will be available soon.

Affordable Health Insurance Options for Uninsured Rhode Islanders
May 10, 2015 - Learn more about the options available for Rhode Islanders who need affordable health insurance, including Medicaid, RIte Care and options available through the Health Insurance Exchange.

Testimony regarding Article 28, H5900
April 29, 2015 - The Economic Progress Institute strongly supports maintaining HealthSource RI and we are pleased that both the Governor and the Senate President are committed to keeping our state-based exchange. The funding strategy proposed in Budget Article 28 is a reasonable way to pay for HealthSource RI as it transitions from full federal support to state support.

Testimony regarding Article 29 Tax Incentives
April 15, 2015 - Comments regarding the economic development tax incentives included in Article 29 of Governor Gina Raimondo's budget and the continued need for Rhode Island to make sure incentives are transparent and cost effective.

Testimony regarding increasing the minimum wage
April 08, 2015 - The Economic Progress Institute supports this bill to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 next year. Lawmakers have made real progress in this area over the past two years and we are pleased to see a commitment to raising the labor and living standards of our workers going forward.

Highlights from Governor Raimondo's FY16 Budget
March 24, 2015 - Five highlights from Governor Raimondo's Fiscal Year 16 budget.

A Summary of the Medicaid Proposals in Governor Raimondo's FY16 Budget
March 23, 2015 - A brief summary of the changes being proposed to Rhode Island's Medicaid program through Governor Raimondo's Fiscal Year 2016 budget.

Making Work Pay for Working Families: Increasing the State's EITC
March 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. 

Testimony regarding the state's minimum corporate tax
March 07, 2015 - The Economic Progress Institute has concerns about these bills, all of which would reduce corporate income tax collections in some way, and each of which would impair the adequacy and equity of our tax structure.

How you can help increase Rhode Island's Earned Income Tax Credit!
March 05, 2015 - Learn how you can help working families keep more of their paycheck through an increased state Earned Income Tax Credit.

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.

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