Black & Latino Employment Rates

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By: Doug Hall, Director of Economic and Fiscal Policy The Providence American Eight years after the official end of The Great Recession, Rhode Island has finally replaced all the jobs it lost during the recession, and our unemployment rate stood at just 4.2 percent (lower than both the national average rate and the rate in neighboring Massachusetts). Yet these positive …

Highlights of the FY2018 Budget

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OVERVIEW The 2018 budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2017 was signed into law by the Governor on August 3, after the Senate and House came to agreement on the budget and a bill to monitor the impact of the phase out of the Motor Vehicle Tax. From July 1 through August 3, the state operated under the …

My Turn (op-ed): Douglas Hall: News of R.I.’s demise exaggerated

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By Douglas Hall It’s time to stop measuring the Ocean State’s well-being with someone else’s yardstick, and instead decide for ourselves what kind of state we want to live in, and what we need to do to get there. We also need to critically examine state-rankings to better understand their purpose, methodology, credibility, ideological underpinnings, and associated policy agendas. Three …

Religious, Advocacy Groups Call for General Assembly to go Back in Session

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GoLocalProv Political Team More than 20 religious and advocacy groups sent a letter to the Rhode Island General Assembly calling for them to get back into session to completed the business left unfinished, including the 2018 budget. “Every day that goes by without a budget makes it harder to have a good revenue and spending plan for 2018. We’re glad …

Groups call on General Assembly to finish the people’s business

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The Valley Breeze PROVIDENCE – A diverse group of more than 20 religious and advocacy groups sent a letter to the Rhode Island General Assembly Friday, calling on lawmakers to come back into session to complete “critical business left unfinished at the abrupt end of the legislative session,” including the 2018 budget. They also urge reconciliation and passage of bills …

Religious and advocacy groups urge General Assembly to pass budget and stalled bills

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RIFuture By Steve Ahlquist Over twenty religious and advocacy organizations have sent a letter to members of the General Assembly urging them to reconvene the 2017 session to pass the budget and complete work on several bills that were left unfinished. “This year hundreds of your constituents came to the State House to testify on bills and speak with you …

Report: Trump’s potential tax changes disproportionately favor the 1%

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By Chris Bergenheim PROVIDENCE – President Donald Trump has spelled out a number of changes to the nation’s tax code, although no formal plan has been advanced. In a study published July 20, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy calculated the potential effects of the changes in all 50 states, and reached the conclusion that Rhode Island’s richest 1 …

Trump Tax Plan Would Mostly Benefit Wealthiest Rhode Island Taxpayers

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PROVIDENCE, RI— A new analysis from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy reveals a federal tax reform plan based on President Trump’s April outline would fail to deliver on its promise of largely helping middle-class taxpayers, showering 61.4 percent of the total tax cut on the richest 1 percent nationwide. In Rhode Island, the top 1 percent of the …

Vice president’s visit draws health care protesters

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by TONY GUGLIOTTA, NBC 10 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WJAR) — Dozens of protesters gathered in Burnside Park in Providence before taking to the streets to speak out against Vice President Mike Pence’s visit to the National Governors Association summer meeting and the proposed Trumpcare legislation that is currently being discussed in the Senate. “There are 70,000 Rhode Islanders who gained health …