Hospital official: Cut to Medicaid ‘almost unfathomable’

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By Lynn Arditi Journal staff writer PROVIDENCE — President Trump’s proposal to slash more than $600 billion over 10 years from Medicaid would cut deep into the government health program for low-income people that insures nearly one-third of Rhode Island residents. Hospital officials and health care analysts said Tuesday it’s too soon to quantify the impact of the proposed cuts …

EPI reports on ‘The State of Black Families in Rhode Island’

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By Steve Ahlquist “This report pulls together data that have been highlighted by different sources and community members over the years to provide a full picture of how Black Rhode Islanders are faring in the Ocean State,” said Rachel Flum, Executive Director of the Economic Progress Institute (EPI). “The significantly higher rates of unemployment and underemployment, lower wages and educational …

Study finds deck stacked against blacks in R.I.

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While the report from the Economic Progress Institute finds some progress, it ends with a call to arms. By G. Wayne Miller Journal Staff Writer PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Although progress has been made, significant economic, educational, housing and other disparities persist between black and white Rhode Islanders. Black residents of the state also are disproportionately represented in rates of arrest …

The State of Black Families in Rhode Island

Our latest report provides details about key economic and social indicators for Black families in the Ocean State and documents the disparities with their White counterparts. Making sure all Rhode Islanders have access to good jobs that allow them to provide for themselves and their families is vital for our state’s future. From the early days of Rhode Island’s colonization …

Business owners gathered to support earned paid sick time

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By Steve Ahlquist “I strongly believe the policy has been good for my business. It’s part of what goes into respecting your team, building morale, and getting results,” said Jessica Rhodes, founder and CEO of the Warwick-based podcast agency, Interview Connections. “On top of that, I have employees with children and with serious medical needs who really rely this benefit …

Crunching the budget numbers and what they mean for working families

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An interview with Rachel Flum, executive director of The Economic Progress Institute by Richard Asinof Convergence RI PROVIDENCE – The countdown to the state budget has begun, as we await the final product for FY 2018, crafted by the leadership of the House in the R.I. General Assembly. Each year, there is a promise that the budget process will become …

Rhode Island bizs could lose under ACA repeal

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by Eli Sherman Providence Business News While the national debate about the future of health care rages on in Washington, D.C., local employers are left to grapple with how repealing the Affordable Care Act might actually impact their individual businesses. In Rhode Island, that also means thinking about the impact in terms of Medicaid expansion, as funding through the federal …

Plight of Workers, Health Care a Major Concern Locally

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By NICHOLAS BOKE/ecoRI News contributor PROVIDENCE — Everyone is wondering what’s next. Planned Parenthood is working to ensure that Rhode Island women have the right to choose their reproductive futures, no matter what happens in Washington, D.C. Supporters of immigrants’ rights are lobbying at the Statehouse for drivers’ licenses for undocumented immigrants. Speakers at the Day of Public Humanities at …

Who pays for R.I. car-tax cuts?

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By Mary MacDonald Providence Business News The car tax in Rhode Island is so unevenly collected and disproportionately important to town coffers that reducing it raises a host of secondary issues. Two proposals are before the General Assembly this year. One, introduced by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, would reduce the car tax starting in 2019 by cutting 30 percent of a …