By Bob Plain on November 30, 2017
The Republican tax proposals would ill-serve Rhode Island in a variety of ways, said federal, state, and local officials who have been busy studying the copious and potentially crippling ramifications either the House or Senate bill could have on life in the Ocean State. The effects range from increased economic inequality, cuts to the social […]
Posted in Congress, Featured, Rhode Island, Taxes | Tagged activity bonds, Brian Daniels, cicilline, Congress, Doug Hall, Economic Policy institute, house, income tax, reed, RI League of Cities and Towns, senate, Shekarchi, Taxes, whitehouse | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on October 12, 2017
The wealthiest Rhode Islanders would receive the greatest benefit from President Donald Trump’s proposed tax cut plan, while nearly 1 in 5 Rhode Islanders would see their taxes increase by over $1,800.
Posted in Economics, Featured, National News, Rhode Island, Social Services, Taxes | Tagged donald trump, Economic Progress Institute, gop, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, itep, Rachel Flum, Republicans | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on September 26, 2017
Rhode Island Speaker Nicholas Mattiello supports DACA.
Here he is on Roe v Wade, guns, PawSox, taxes, minimum wage, climate change and more.
Posted in Civil Rights, Climate, Cranston, Economics, Energy, Featured, Gun Control, Immigration, Inequality, Minimum Wage, Politics, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes | Tagged climate change, DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Kristin Dart, Nicholas Mattiello, PawSox, Roe. v. Wade, United States Supreme Court | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 20, 2017
In Rhode Island, the top 1 percent of the state’s residents would receive an average tax cut of $86,610 compared with an average tax cut of just $430 for the bottom 60 percent of taxpayers in the state.
Posted in Class Warfare, Congress, Economics, Featured, National News, News, Poverty, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, Social Services, Taxes | Tagged donald trump, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, itep, Medicaid, Medicare, Rachel Flum | Leave a response
By Capri Catanzaro on July 1, 2017
“We call upon the House to choose a new Speaker when they meet later this summer to finish their work, so that the budget negotiations can be handled by someone whose priority is to do that work, rather than to play power games.”
Posted in Activism, Featured, National News, Politics, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes | Tagged Capri Catanzaro, Dominick Ruggerio, Nicholas Mattiello, Rhode Island General Assembly, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, RI Democratic Party, RI House of Representatives, RI Senate, RIPDA | 2 Responses
$12.5 million plunder of Energy Efficiency Fund threatens to hurt consumers and economy says environmental groups
By Steve Ahlquist on June 22, 2017
“…these are not state funds, they are rate-payer funds collected specifically to bring much-needed energy savings to all Rhode Islanders. Diverting the funds from the efficiency programs will cost Rhode Island ratepayers more money.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Climate, Energy, Featured, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Water | Tagged 2018 RI State Budget, Acadia Center, Energy Efficiency & Resource Management Council, Erika Niedowski, General Assembly, Larry Chretien, People’s Power & Light, PP&L, Rhode Island’s Least Cost Procurement law | Leave a response
Providence City Council incentivizing the continued use and expansion of fossil fuels with Dominion tax deal
By Steve Ahlquist on April 21, 2017
Giving a $4 million tax break to a fossil fuel company is the opposite of what we should be doing if we are seriously trying to avoid the worst excesses of global warming.
Posted in Climate, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, Opinion, Providence, Taxes | Tagged Collier Park, Dominion, John Iggliozzi, Lawrence Mancini, Lisa Fries, Manchester Street Power Station, projo, Providence City Council Finance Committee | 2 Responses
By transportprovidence on April 19, 2017
Sam Bell and I have been debating the role of the car tax in producing economic equality. I wrote a bit about this on my own blog, which Sam generously linked to, but I also wanted to post to RI Future with some new information not in the original post. Getting a political message across […]
By Samuel Bell on April 12, 2017
For the past year or so, I’ve been involved in a debate with well-respected transit policy expert James Kennedy, who curates the Transport Providence blog. The question is whether the car tax is regressive or progressive. I say it’s very regressive, and Kennedy says it isn’t. Kennedy’s core argument is that many poor people don’t have […]
By Juan Espinoza on April 6, 2017
Both the Governor’s and House Speaker’s proposals result in Rhode Island’s wealthiest twenty percent of families reaping a windfall representing one third of the overall tax break…
Posted in Burrillville, Class Warfare, Connecticut, Economics, Exeter, Featured, Foster, Inequality, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Shoreham, Newport, Photos, Portsmouth, Providence, Rhode Island, Richmond, Scituate, State House, Taxes | Tagged car tax, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, itep, Motor Vehicle Tax, MVT, NADA, National Automobile Dealers Association, US Census Bureau, Vehicle Value Commission | 8 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 3, 2017
“Undocumented immigrants, like everyone else, pay sales and excise taxes when they purchase goods and services. They pay property taxes directly on their homes or indirectly as renters. And, many undocumented immigrants also pay state income taxes.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Economics, Featured, Immigration, Rhode Island, Taxes | Tagged Doug Hall, Economic Progress Institute, Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, itep, Meg Wiehe, Rachel Flum, Undocumented Immigrants’ State and Local Tax Contributions | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 27, 2017
Rhode Island residents who make $54,000 a year or less may be entitled to an earned income tax credit as well as free tax preparation.
Posted in Economics, Featured, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged Barbara Cottam, Ben Lessing, citizens bank, Community Care Alliance, Comprehensive Community Action, David Cicilline, earned income tax credit, Economic Progress Institute, EITC, Federal Hill House, gayle goldin, Gina Raimondo, Internal Revenue Service, IRS, James Langevin, Joanne McGunagle, jorge elorza, Providence VITA Coalition, Rachel Flum, Rhode Island Community Action Association, Rhode Island State House, RICAA, Sara Morales, Scotte Slater, seth magaziner, Sheldon Whitehouse, Tony Maione, United Way of Rhode Island, VITA, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on January 18, 2017
It’s important to realize that the estate tax is literally a tax on dead millionaires… and money is presumably meaningless to them unless they are trying to get into Christian Heaven, where Jesus will tell them they can’t. (Matthew 19:24)
Posted in Activism, Business, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Inequality, News, Poverty, State House, Taxes | Tagged Bill Felkner, Bill Vernon, Deborah Ruggiero, donald trump, earned income tax credit, Economic Progress Institute, EITC, Estate Tax, General Assembly, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, jan malik, Jason Knight, Jesus Christ, John Hazen White Jr, Kate Brewster, Katie Davis, Laurie White, National Federation of Small Businesses, Nicholas Mattiello, patricia morgan, Providence Chamber of Commerce, R Kelly Sheridan, Ray Gallison, Robert Craven, Taco Inc | 2 Responses
By transportprovidence on January 17, 2017
Raimondo deserves a modest nod for choosing not to completely eliminate car taxes, a regressive plan that for some reason many progressives think would help economic justice.
Posted in Class Warfare, Featured, Inequality, Taxes, Transportation | Tagged aaron regunberg, art handy, block island, car tax, carbon tax, David Norton, Donald Carcieri, earned income tax credit, EITC, Fair Shot Agenda, Gina Raimondo, kennedy plaza, Nicholas Mattiello, pawtucket, Providence, Providence Journal, RIPTA | Leave a response
By David Norton on January 14, 2017
We chose City Hall to highlight the fact that Pawtucket pays one of the highest vehicle excise taxes in the state at 5.3 percent. Pawtucket residents have been paying this very high tax for many years without relief.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Featured, Inequality, Pawtucket, Providence, Taxes, Transportation | Tagged car tax, Donald Grebien, Fair Shot Agenda, Jamestown, Nicholas Mattiello, pawtucket, Pawtucket City Hall, Providence | 2 Responses
By Bob Plain on January 12, 2017
The agenda includes a $15 minimum wage, school building repairs, earned paid sick days and a more progressive car tax.
Posted in Economics, Education, Featured, Health Care, Labor, Minimum Wage, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Arthur Handy, car tax, Chris Blazejewski, david bennett, earned paid sick days, Edie Ajello, Evan Shanley, Fair Shot Agenda, fight for 15, grace diaz, Gregg Amore, Helder Cunha, Jason Knight, Jean Philippe Barros, Joseph Almeida, Katherine Kazarian, Kathy Fogarty, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Michael Morin, minimum wage, Moira Walsh, school building repairs, Scott Slater, Shelby Maldonado, State House, Susan Donovan, Teresa Tanzi | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 12, 2017
Senator Joshua Miller and Rep Scott Slater will be introducing legislation to regulate and tax marijuana in the General Assembly this year. The legislation is similar to that approved by Massachusetts voter in November.
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Marijuana, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes | Tagged aaron regunberg, Cannibas Regulation Control and Taxation Act, Joshua Miller, Moira Walsh, Office of Cannabis Coordination, Regulate Rhode Island Coalition, Scott Slater | 4 Responses
By transportprovidence on January 8, 2017
I don’t agree with eliminating the car tax, but if it’s going to be done, are there ways for progressive legislators to use the process to better advantage? I’ve come up with some bargaining chips that I think should be in the progressive line-up while dealing with the car tax. Just briefly. . . Some […]
By Juan Espinoza on December 14, 2016
In order to improve the economic well-being of Rhode Islanders, the Economic Progress Institute recommends the following: ensure health coverage remains affordable for Rhode Islanders; increase both the Rhode Island Earned Income Tax Credit and the minimum wage; and expand access to subsidized child care assistance.
Posted in Economics, Featured, Inequality, News, Poverty, Rhode Island, Social Services, Taxes | Tagged earned income tax credit, Economic Progress Institute, minimum wage, Rachel Flum, Rhode Island Standard of Need, RISN, RIte Care | Leave a response
By Bob Plain on August 2, 2016
The Providence City Council extended a tax break for the developers of a mixed use project on Valley Street because an anchor tenant relocated to Johnston.