Highlights of the Governor’s Proposed FY 2019 Budget

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The Governor’s proposed FY2019 budget (“the budget”) totals $9.2 billion, an increase of $5.2 million over the enacted FY2018 budget. This includes $3.8 billion in general revenue (increased by $25.0 million from enacted FY2018) and $3.1 billion in federal funds (a decrease of $52.3 million from enacted FY2018) with the balance from restricted receipts and other sources. The following provides …

Mass Gov. Baker Proposes Raising EITC to 30 Percent

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By SCOTT MACKAY Advocates for low-income workers in recent years have pushed in legislatures across the nation for increasing the Earned Income Tax Credit. Now, Massachusetts Republican Gov. Charlie Baker in his budget proposal is asking the commonwealth’s lawmakers to increase the rate from 23 percent to 30 percent. The move would provide about 450,000 workers with tax relief, according …

How you can help increase Rhode Island’s Earned Income Tax Credit!

The EITC is a common sense tax break that reduces the income tax owed by low-wage working families, allowing them to keep more of their paycheck. Over the last few years, 86,000 Rhode Island taxpayers saw an increase to their state EITC and are set to see another increase for tax year 2017 from 12.5% of the federal credit to …

Campaign to Improve Paid Family Leave (TCI)

Rhode Island was a leader in creating one of the nation’s first paid leave programs for its workers–the Temporary Caregiver Insurance program (TCI). Since January 2014, TCI helps you afford to take time off from work so you can: TCI provides up to four weeks of partial wage replacement and protects your job and seniority while you are on leave. …

Governor Proposes Cutting Medicaid Funding, Not Recipients

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By LYNN ARDITI Governor Gina Raimondo has proposed cutting more than $70 million in state funding for Medicaid, the government health insurance for low-income residents, while preserving eligibility for the nearly one in three residents in the program. The proposed spending plan released Thursday would freeze hospitals’ Medicaid reimbursements rates and eliminate about $14 million in payments for hospital stays …

Rhode Island Monthly – Death and Taxes

BY Ellen Liberman Our legislators tried to eliminate the much-maligned car tax before – and they failed. With hundreds of millions of dollars at stake. will the current plan work? Jack (not his real name) was a managed-care nightmare. Homeless and unemployed. the fifty-one-year-old alcoholic was plagued by stomach pain and mobility issues. He was eligible for Medicaid, but he hadn’t …

5 charts you need to see on jobs and unemployment in Rhode Island

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by Ted Nesi PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – More than a decade after the Great Recession, how are working Rhode Islanders doing? A new report from the Economic Progress Institute, a local left-leaning think tank, seeks to shed some light on that question by offering a host of charts tracking employment and job trends in Rhode Island. Here are five charts …

Economic Progress Institute issues call for workforce investment in latest report

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BY Steve Ahlquist The Economic Progress Institute (EPI) released State of Working Rhode Island 2017: Paving the Way to Good Jobs yesterday with a number of policy recommendations, including raising the minimum wage “towards $15/hr,” maintaining “child care assistance, Medicaid and the Earned Income Tax Credit” and protecting, improving and expanding programs such as “earned paid sick leave, temporary care …