Douglas Hall PhD
Douglas Hall, Ph.D is the Director of Economic and Fiscal Policy at the Economic Progress Institute.
By Douglas Hall PhD on August 24, 2017
Like most states, Rhode Island’s state funding for higher education remains well below pre-recession levels (though Rhode Island’s disinvestment in higher education preceded the onset of the Great Recession by several years, as seen in Figure 1). Economic opportunity and a thriving state economy depend on a high-quality, affordable system of public higher education. At […]
By Douglas Hall PhD on June 24, 2017
Rhode Island’s business lobbyists have been pulling out all the stops in opposition to the overwhelmingly popular earned paid sick days bills in the House (H5413) and Senate (S290). In the version passed out of the Senate Labor Committee this week, the Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act allows Rhode Island employees to accumulate earned […]
By Douglas Hall PhD on February 13, 2017
Even with modest increases in the minimum wage over the previous four years, the Rhode Island minimum wage is just $0.93/hour higher today than it was seventeen years ago, after adjusting for inflation.
By Douglas Hall PhD on March 31, 2016
Until national legislation is passed providing earned paid sick time, state and local provisions can provide this important family-friendly employment standard.
Increasing Rhode Island’s minimum wage and expanding the state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) boosts the economy, helps thousands of Ocean State families
By Douglas Hall PhD on March 10, 2016
Research shows that coupling an EITC increase with an increase in the minimum wage has a greater impact on reducing poverty than either does on its own. This finding contradicts those who point to one approach as superior to the other in helping low-wage workers make ends meet. Both, together, have maximum beneficial impact.
By Douglas Hall PhD on February 24, 2016
A new paper released yesterday by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is the latest study making the case that infrastructure investment is one of the best investments for state government, creating jobs today, and laying foundation for future prosperity. While this is not news (a 2010 paper from the Political Economy Research […]
By Douglas Hall PhD on January 19, 2016
Yet it feels very much like the two Brookings reports each exist in their own spheres. What Rhode Island (and arguably every other state in the nation) needs is an approach to the economy that integrates the needs of its workforce with the needs of the business community.