Economic Progress Institute
By Steve Ahlquist on May 20, 2017
“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).
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Economics, Featured, Inequality, Justice, Poverty, Race & Racism, Rhode Island | Tagged DARE, direct action for rights and equality, DOC, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, Great Recession, jobs with justice, Justice Gaines, NAACP Providence, NAEP, National Assessment of Educational Progress, Opportunities Industrialization Center, Progreso Latino, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Rachel Flum, Racial Justice Coalition of Rhode Island, Refugee Dream Center, Rhode Island Department of Corrections, The State of Black Families in Rhode Island 2015, The State of Working Rhode Island Workers of Color | Leave a response
By Steve Ahlquist on May 17, 2017
“When working people or their family members get sick, they are forced to decide whether they can afford to lose a day’s pay to get the care they need. As the owner of a business where food is served, I don’t want my employees to have to be in that position. I also don’t want them to come in sick when they are handling food, and I know my customers don’t want that, either.”
Posted in Business, Connecticut, Domestic Violence, Economics, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, Labor, Massachusetts, Photos, Rhode Island, State House, Vermont, Women | Tagged AARP, Bryan Rinebolt, Chrissy Tek, District 1199 SEIU New England, Doug Hall, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, fuerza laboral, Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act, Hudson Street Deli, Institute for Women’s Policy and Research, Interview Connections, Jason Chooporian, Jessica Rhodes, jobs with justice, Planned Parenthood of Southern New England, Rhode Island Center for Justice, Rhode Island Chapter of the National Organization for Women, Rhode Island Earned Sick Days Campaign, Rhode Island Working Families, RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence, RI SEIU State Council, SEIU 32BJ-District 615, Susan Council, Teamsters Local 251, Unite Here Local 26, United Nurses and Allied Professionals, Women's Fund of RI. | 1 Response
ACLU and 12 other organizations call on Governor Raimondo, AG Kilmartin and Chief Justice Suttell to protect the undocumented from Trump
By Steve Ahlquist on May 10, 2017
“We need change, protection and support,” said DACA student Javier Juarez, “So that one day we can contribute to the economy, and make the ocean state a more competitive and diverse state, that does not only follow but leads the progressive movement of undocumented people that call this country their own.”
Posted in Civil Rights, Featured, Immigration, Video | Tagged ACLU of Rhode Island, AFSC-SENE, American Friends Service Committee - Southeastern New England, DACA, Deborah DeBare, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, DHS, Donald Anderson, donald trump, Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, fuerza laboral, Gina Raimondo, ice, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Javier Juarez, Muslim Civic and Community Engagement, NAACP Providence Branch, Omar Bar, Paul Suttell, Peru, Peter Kilmartin, providence student union, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, psu, Raul Figueroa, Refugee Dream Center, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Rhode Island College, Rhode Island State Council of Churches, Rhode Island State Police, Rhode Island Supreme Court, RICADV, Sojourner House, Steven Brown, United States Department of Homeland Security | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on April 13, 2017
“Cooperatives are part of the solution to the problem of working in a capitalist economy,” said Liz McDonnell, worker/owner of Fortnight Wine Bar in Providence, “in a traditional business workers sell their labor and the product of that labor belongs to the owner, not to the worker.”
Posted in Business, Featured, Labor, News, Photos, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged 3rd Sector New England, Access Consulting, Center for Justice, Cooperative Development Institute, Donna Nesselbush, Economic Progress Institute, Environmental Justice League, EPI, Farm Fresh RI, Fortnight Wine Bar, fuerza laboral, Healthy Planet, Heiny Maldonado, james diossa, John Willumsen, Joshua Daly, Liz McDonnell, Matt Feinstein, Miguel Henao, Navigant Credit Union, Nellie Gorbea, Randy Sacilotto, RI Jobs with Justice, Robert Craven, sierra club, Thomas Choate, Worcester Roots | Leave a response
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.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Cumberland, Featured, Massachusetts, Minimum Wage, Photos, Portsmouth, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged aaron regunberg, AFL-CIO, Angelo’s Palace Pizza, Associated Builders and Contractors of Northern Rhode Island, Bahjat Shariff, Bill Kitsilis, Burger King, Charles Jones, Chris Tarro, Clements Marketplace, david bennett, Douglas Hall, Economic Progress Institute, Elizabeth Seuver, Emmanuel Falck, Energy Markets Association, EPI, fdr, fuerza laboral, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, House Judiciary Committee, House Labor Committee, john simmons, Kenneth Mendonca, Lennette Boiselle, Lou Ferrazzano, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Maureen Martin, Michael Beauregard, Michal Araujo, minimum wage, Moira Walsh, Murphy's Deli & Bar, National Industrial Recovery Act, New England Convenience Stores, Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, opportunity wage, Panera Bread, patricia morgan, Raul Figueroa, Rebecca Kislak, Rhode Island Hospitality Association, Rhode Island Mortgage Bankers Association, Rhode Island Public Expenditures Council, RI Jobs with Justice, RI NOW, RI Working Families Party, RIHA, RIPEC, Robert Craven, Ruth Ferrazzano, Scott Sogard, seiu 1199, Sienna Restaurants, Taco Bell, Tracy Clements Anthony, Wall Street, Young Democrats of Rhode Island | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on March 31, 2017
A new public opinion poll shows that 82.2 percent of likely voters in Rhode Island support earned sick days and want to see a statewide policy enacted.
Posted in Connecticut, Economics, Featured, Health Care, Labor, Massachusetts, New York City, Pittsburgh, Providence, Reproductive Rights, Rhode Island, Social Services, State House, Vermont, Video, Women | Tagged A Better Balance, Blue Sun Campaigns, Bryan Rinebolt, Casey Sardo, Dan Cowan, Democrats, Economic Progress Institute, Georgia Hollister-Isman, Healthy and Safe Families and Workplaces Act, House Labor, Hudson Street Deli, Interview Connections, Rachel Flum, Republicans, Rhode Island Working Families, Sara Braganca, Sherry Leiwant | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 23, 2017
“I made $13 per hour in 1992 making jewelry, which is more than I earn today. When the jewelry factories shut down, I became a CNA. I love taking care of the elderly but the pay is not enough,” said home care professional Karen Baldwin.
Posted in California, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Inequality, Labor, Massachusetts, Minimum Wage, New York, Photos, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Video, Women | Tagged ARC of Blackstone Valley, Bannister House Nursing Home, Brookings Institute, Burger King, Charles Jones, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, Erica Hammond, Fight for $15 and a Union, Gina Raimondo, Jeanine Calkin, Jerry Tolbert, Jerry’s Beauty Salon, jobs with justice, jorge elorza, Karen Baldwin, Marcia Ranglin-Vassell, Nicholas Mattiello, RI Working Families, SEIU 1199 New England, Shirley Lomba, Top of the Bay, wendys | 1 Response
By Steve Ahlquist on March 3, 2017
TCI provides up to four weeks of partial (about 60 percent) wage replacement for workers who need to take time from their jobs to care for a seriously ill family member or to bond with a newborn, adopted, or foster child.
Posted in California, Economics, Featured, Health Care, New York, Rhode Island, Social Services | Tagged Columbia Business School, Economic Progress Institute, gayle goldin, Rachel Flum, Shelby Maldonado, TCI, TDI, Temporary Caregiver Insurance Program, Temporary Disability Insurance, university of rhode island | Leave a response
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 February 26, 2017
“This is their long standing opposition to Medicare [and] Medicaid” said Whitehouse, “We thought we had those zombies buried, but they’re coming back out of the earth again and they walk the planet, and we need to put them back in the ground where they belong.”
Posted in Activism, Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Congress, Disability Services, Elections, Events, Featured, Health Care, Inequality, National News, Photos, Politics, Rhode Island, Video | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, Bernie Sanders, Brown Students for the Affordable Care Act, Chuck Schumer, Clinica Esperanza, David Cicilline, donald trump, Economic Progress Institute, healthsource ri, jack reed, James Langevin, Jonathan Staloff, Lamar Alexander, Medicaid, Medicare, Medicare for All, Neil Gorsuch, obamacare, Patrick Quinn, Protect Our Healthcare Coalition RI, public option, Rachel Flum, Republican Party, Rhode Island College, seiu 1199, Sheldon Whitehouse, single payer | Leave a response
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.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Featured, Inequality, Labor, Rhode Island, State House, Video | Tagged Bureau of Labor Statistics, Douglas Hall, earned income tax credit, Economic Progress Institute, EITC, EPI, Michael Araujo, minimum wage, Rhode Island Hobs with Justice | 4 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 31, 2017
“We promise to work in the General Assembly to restore the legislative mandate for no-fare passes that worked very well for forty years.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Disability Services, Featured, Homelessness, Infrastructure, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Transportation | Tagged Bill Flynn, Economic Progress Institute, General Assembly, Gina Raimondo, Medicaid, Mental Health Recovery Coalition, No Fare Bus Pass Program, Office of Veterans Affairs, Ray Gagne, Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs, Rhode Island Public Transit Authority, ri coalition for the homeless, RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty, RI Organizing Project, RIDEA, RIOVA, RIPTA, RIPTA Riders Alliance, Senior Agenda Coalition, Senior Agenda Coalition of RI | 2 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on January 31, 2017
On February 1 the RIPTA‘s planned elimination of the no-fare bus pass goes into effect. More than 13,000 low-income seniors and people with disabilities will suddenly be facing fees of 50 cents and 25 cent transfers for each one way trip. Many are on fixed incomes and subsist on less than $700 a month. A […]
Posted in Featured | Tagged Amanda Carr, Bill Flynn, Christine Tate, Church Beyond the Walls, Diana Burdett, Economic Progress Institute, Emily Jones, Gina Raimondo, Linda Forsberg, M. Teresa Paiva-Weed, Mental Health Recovery Coalition, Nicholas Mattiello, Office of Veterans Affairs, PICA, Providence In-Town Churches Association, Rhode Island Division of Elderly Affairs, ri coalition for the homeless, RI Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty, RI Organizing Project, RIDEA, RIOVA, RIPTA Riders Alliance, Senior Agenda Coalition of RI, Wendy Thomas | 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 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 Racial Justice Coalition on October 24, 2016
“As organizations committed to racial justice, we feel the issue of race has been missing from the discussion about Kennedy Plaza. We all want to see vibrant community commons that support our economic and community development. But we recognize that strategies like increased policing will continue to disadvantage the poor, especially people of color, and siphon dollars away from social safety net programs that uplift those most marginalized.”
Posted in Featured, Homelessness, Inequality, Poverty, Providence, Race & Racism | Tagged direct action for rights and equality, Economic Progress Institute, Jenn Steinfeld, kennedy plaza, Mike Araujo, NAACP Providence Branch, Progreso Latino, Providence Youth Student Movement, PrYSM, Racial Justice Coalition, Reclaiming Our Public Spaces, Refugee Dream Center, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice | Leave a response
By Economic Progress Institute on September 13, 2016
More Rhode Islanders have health insurance coverage thanks to health care reform The number of uninsured dropped to 59,000 in 2015 from 120,000 in 2013.
Posted in Civil Rights, Economics, Featured, Health Care, News, Poverty, Rhode Island | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, Economic Progress Institute, healthsourceRI, Linda Katz, Medicaid | 2 Responses
By Mike Araujo on June 23, 2016
“While more work needs to be done to address the growing problem of wage theft, this bill provides an important tool for Rhode Island workers,” says Robert McCreanor, executive director of the Rhode Island Center for Justice.
Posted in Activism, Featured, Labor, News, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Economic Progress Institute, Flor Salazar, fuerza laboral, General Assembly, Jeremy Rix, Rhode Island Center for Justice, Rhode Island Jobs with Justice, RI Department of Labor and Training, Robert McCreanor, Scott Jensen, wage theft | Leave a response
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.