By Steve Ahlquist on April 3, 2017
“You pass this law [increasing the minimum wage], there are going to be dirtier restaurants,” said restaurant broker Scott Sogard, “I hope you increase the budget for the health department.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on February 23, 2017
RIPEC’s executive director John Simmons pulls out every bad economic argument he can in opposition to raising the minimum wage in Rhode Island despite acknowledging that the proposed increase is ‘relatively modest.’
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By Steve Ahlquist on February 13, 2017
“Because of the impact of inflation,” said Hall, “any year in which we do not increase the minimum wage, we are effectively giving our lowest paid workers in this state a wage cut.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on July 14, 2016
Low union membership and strong anti-union right to work laws contribute to a higher economic ranking for a state in CNBC’s report, yet economist Douglas Hall says that “research clearly shows that as unionization rates have gone down, the well-being of the American middle class has gone down.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on June 10, 2016
Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said that though he “is very supportive of raising the minimum wage,” and that Rhode Island “needs to be competitive” with our neighboring states, he has, “heard from the business community” that they need time to absorb the current wage before increasing it again.
By Juan Espinoza 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.
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By Steve Ahlquist on May 9, 2016
The Economic Progress Institute’s Director of Economic and Fiscal Policy, Douglas Hall, PhD, talks about what a workers’ agenda for Rhode Island’s economy might look like.
By Juan Espinoza on May 4, 2016
“Our analysis shows there is no good public policy reason to reduce state revenue by reducing the tax that is paid by only a small number of heirs of large estates,” says Douglas Hall, Director of Economic and Fiscal Policy at the Institute, “The state’s priority should be to help struggling working families.”
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By Steve Ahlquist on January 26, 2016
“The legislation would establish a new Clean Energy and Jobs Fund that will invest in renewables and efficiency and help Rhode Islanders lower their energy costs,” said Energize RI in a press release, “The Fund will be financed by a fee on carbon pollution, beginning at $15 per ton of greenhouse gas emissions, paid by the companies that sell fossil fuels in the state.”