Improving a Common Sense Tax Credit for Working Rhode Islanders: Increase the Rhode Island Earned Income Tax Credit

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Improving a Common Sense Tax Credit for Working Rhode Islanders: Increase the Rhode Island Earned Income Tax Credit All Rhode Islanders want to be able to support their families and live in thriving communities. Yet, far too many working Rhode Islanders are struggling to pay for housing, heat, food, and health care.  Increasing Rhode Island’s refundable Earned Income Tax Credit …

The Status of Working Women in Rhode Island 2017

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This report examines the status of women in Rhode Island’s economy, documenting the economic challenges women continue to face and the ongoing disparities between women and men in terms of wages, earnings and poverty rates.  The report was done in partnership with The Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, representing data collected in 2015 and 2016. READ THE REPORT READ THE …

RI Supports for Working Families Among Lowest in New England

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Rhode Islanders who work full-time should be able to afford housing, food, and health care. Yet far too many jobs pay wages that are too low for families to meet their most basic needs. Many working families would not be able to get by if not for government funded work and income supports that help close the gap between earnings and expenses. Contrary …

2015 Legislative Outcomes

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 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.  Click here to download the document. Earned Income Tax Credit …

Making Child Care Affordable for More Rhode Island Families

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A majority of young Rhode Island children and their families need affordable, quality child care. Almost three-quarters of children under age six have their parent(s) working, meaning that these children spend some time in child care. Parents rely on child care so they can work and at the same time provide the early education experiences that can better prepare their children for school. …

Highlights from Governor Raimondo’s FY16 Budget

Governor Raimondo released her first budget last week. We have highlighted five areas that are important to the fiscal health of the state and its residents. Making work pay The Governor proposes to expand the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit which would allow working families to keep more of their paycheck. And while not a budget item, the Governor supports …

A Summary of the Medicaid Proposals in Governor Raimondo’s FY16 Budget

 March 23, 2015 Governor Raimondo has proposed her budget for Fiscal Year 2016 which totals $8.67 billion, a decrease of just over $200 million (2.4%) from the 2015 Revised Budget.  General revenue expenditures are $3.49 billion, an increase of $3.2 million. The budget includes steep cuts to the Medicaid program, which provides affordable health care to more than one in …

RI Work and Income Supports Among Lowest in New England

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Rhode Islanders who work full-time should be able to afford housing, food, and health care. Yet far too many jobs pay wages that are too low for families to meet their most basic needs. Many working families would not be able to get by if not for government funded work and income supports that help close the gap between earnings and expenses. …

2014 Rhode Island Standard of Need

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 Our Rhode Island Standard of Need shows what it costs to live and raise a family in Rhode Island and how work supports help families meet basic needs. Rhode Island is a beautiful state with sandy beaches, world class restaurants, and a vibrant arts and culture scene. Yet many workers in our state struggle just to pay for the basics, …

Policy Outcomes 2014

The Institute informed and influenced the debate on a host of policy issues related to affordable child care, workforce development, and tax policy. This brief summary highlights several policy changes that will have an impact on the fiscal health of Rhode Island and its residents. Child care expansions extended Two important expansions made to the Child Care Assistance Program last …