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 Economic Progress Institute 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.
By Steve Ahlquist on August 2, 2016
The Providence City Council has called a special meeting for Tuesday night and among the agenda items is tax stabilization agreements (TSAs) for 60 Valley Street, LLC and 166 Valley Street, LLC on behalf of the Rising Sun Mills Project.
Posted in Activism, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Events, Featured, News, Providence, Rhode Island, Taxes | Tagged Luis Aponte, Providence City Council, Rhode Island Progressive Democrats of America, RIPDA, Rising Sun Mills Project, Sabina Matos, STEP, Stop Tax Evasion in Providence, Tax Stabilization Agreement, TSA | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on July 28, 2016
The Nuns arrived at St. Michael’s Church in South Providence to the music of the Extraordinary Rendition Band and St. Michael’s own drummers.
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Education, Elections, Events, Featured, Health Care, Immigration, Inequality, Labor, News, Photos, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism, Religion, Rhode Island, Taxes, Video, Women | Tagged democratic national convention, Extraordinary Rendition Band, minimum wage | Leave a response
By RI Progressive Democrats of America on July 25, 2016
Raimondo’s politics represent an brand of conservatism well to the right of basically anyone of prominence in the national Democratic party.
Posted in Featured, National News, Pensions, Reproductive Rights, State House, Taxes | Tagged catherine taylor, Dan McKee, Gina Raimondo, hillary clinton, RI Progressive Democrats of America | 6 Responses
By Barry Schiller on July 18, 2016
Despite much wringing of hands and awarding of tax breaks to various upper income and business folks, we Rhode Islanders are told our business climate IS still at the bottom. Thus I propose these seven modest suggestions for addressing this problem. 1. Ban any pro-union advocacy opinions in the state’s media. While talk radio mostly […]
By RI Progressive Democrats of America on June 23, 2016
“…continuing our strong stance against corporate welfare, we call on our political leaders to reject any subsidies for the Superman Building.”
By Jerry Elmer on June 7, 2016
“In short, the scare tactics used by Invenergy and its allies to oppose this provision of the Fogarty Bill are just not true.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Climate, Corporate Greed, Featured, Infrastructure, State House, Taxes | Tagged burrillville, CLF, Donna Nesselbush, EFSB, Energy Facility Siting Board, Invenergy, national grid, Nicholas Kettle, Paul Fogarty | Leave a response
By Meghan Kallman on June 6, 2016
If Rhode Island passes it (and we should) we would join growing ranks of states that have repealed the so-called “tampon tax”—and we would distinguish ourselves by including other medically necessary items in that repeal.
By Steve Ahlquist on May 28, 2016
The testimony on Cale Keable’s bill, H8240 pitted town residents and environmental activists against business and labor concerns. In all 56 people testified on the bill during the five hours of testimony, 43 in favor and 13 in opposition.
Posted in Civil Rights, Corporate Greed, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, Labor, News, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, Audubon Society, cale keable, Conservation Law Foundation, Doug Gablinske, Elizabeth Suever, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Invenergy, Jeremy Bailey, Jerry Elmer, John Lombardi, John Niland, Kirkbrae Country Club, Lenette Boisselle, Meg Kerr, michael marcello, national grid, Northern RI Chamber of Commerce | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 21, 2016
“Despite its imperfections,” says CLF Senior Attorney Jerry Elmer, “the Keable Bill is an excellent bill that ought to be supported by enviros, because… it makes it much less likely that the Invenergy plant will be built.”
Posted in Climate, Energy, Featured, Infrastructure, Labor, News, Opinion, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes | Tagged Burrillville Town Council, cale keable, Capacity Supply Obligation, CLF, commerce corporation, Conservation Law Foundation, CSO, EFSB, Energy Facilities Siting Board, FCA, Forward Capacity Auction, Gina Raimondo, Invenergy, Jerry Elmer | 7 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on May 20, 2016
Representative Daniel Reilly, a Republican from District 72 serving portions of Middletown and Portsmouth has reportedly received money from his father, earned from tax evasion, for both his schooling and his political campaigns.
By Economic Progress Institute on May 11, 2016
A new report released this morning by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) emphasizes the importance of state estate taxes as tools for broadly shared prosperity and as a means to ensure that the very wealthy don’t avoid taxes by sheltering their wealth.
Posted in Class Warfare, Economics, Featured, National News, Rhode Island, Taxes | Tagged Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Douglas Hall, EITC, Elizabeth McNichol, Estate Tax, Rachel Flum | Leave a response