National Focus

Read reports from our national colleagues about how the smallest state in the union compares when it comes to the economic health of the state and its residents.

SNAP Works for America’s Children

A new Center on Budget and Policy Priorities report finds SNAP helps form a strong foundation of health and well-being for low-income children by lifting millions of families out of poverty, improving food security, and helping improve health and academic achievement with long-lasting consequences.

About 1 in 3 Rhode Island children receive SNAP benefits. Benefits are modest, but they’re well-targeted to the families that need them the most. While participating families with children in Rhode Island receive an average of $352 each month, those with incomes below 50 percent of the poverty line get $468. That’s one reason why SNAP helps lift more children out of deep poverty than any other government assistance program.

Funding Down, Tuition Up

A new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows that years of cuts in state funding for public colleges and universities have driven up tuition and harmed students’ educational experiences by forcing faculty reductions, fewer course offerings, and campus closings. These choices have made college less affordable and less accessible for students who need degrees to succeed in today’s economy.

State Job Creation Strategies Often Off Base

A report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows that supporting homegrown startups and young, fast-growing in-state companies is likely to be a more effective strategy for states to create jobs and build strong economies than the across-the-board tax cuts and attempts to lure businesses from elsewhere that many states pursue today.

Additional news from Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

Reining in Overpayments to Employer Plans in Medicare Advantage
Countdown to Tax Day: Where Do Our Federal Tax Dollars Go?
Mississippi Immigration Bill Would Weaken Local Control
Work Requirements in Medicaid Would Increase Number of Uninsured
House 2017 Budget Plan Would Slash SNAP by More Than $150 Billion Over Ten Years