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 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.
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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).
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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.”
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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.”
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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.”
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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 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 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 February 5, 2017
Total employment in Rhode Island would drop by 1.6 percent and 8,036 jobs in Rhode Island would be lost…
Posted in Class Warfare, Featured, Health Care, News, Rhode Island, Unemployment | Tagged aca, Affordable Care Act, Daniel DaPonte, Economic Policy institute, elizabeth roberts, EPI, healthsourceRI, josh miller, Kathleen Hittner, Medicaid, Nicole Alexander-Scott, obamacare, Senate Finance, Senate Health and Human Services, Zachary Sherman | Leave a response
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.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Infrastructure, News, Poverty, Rhode Island | Tagged ALEC, America's Top States for Business 2016, cnbc, Douglas Hall, Economic Policy institute, EPI, ri center for freedom and prosperity, state policy network, Ted Nesi | 3 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on June 16, 2016
Since the bottom 99 percent makes $47,545 on average, the top one percent makes 18.6 times more than the bottom 99 in this state.
By Sen. Gayle L. Goldin and Rep. Scott A. Slater on April 14, 2016
Last year, the General Assembly and the governor took an important first step to help thousands of working families make ends meet by increasing the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) — a tax benefit for workers earning $50,000 or less — to 12.5 percent of the federal credit. As the Ocean State strives to […]
By Steve Ahlquist on February 25, 2016
Sen. Frank Ciccone III and Rep. Anastasia Williams introduced legislation (2016-S 2333 / 2016-H 7610) that would allow the Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles to issue driving privilege licenses and permits to applicants unable to establish a lawful presence in the United States.
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Featured, Immigration, Labor, National News, News, Photos, Providence, Race & Racism, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes, Video | Tagged Anastasia Williams, Donna Nesselbush, Economic Progress Institute, EPI, itep, Juan Pichardo, Rachel Flum | 5 Responses
By Economic Policy Institute on February 8, 2016
Raising the minimum wage to $12 by 2020 would reduce public assistance spending by $17 billion…
Posted in Civil Rights, Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Featured, Labor, National News, News, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House | Tagged Economic Policy institute, EPI, minimum wage | 2 Responses
By Juan Espinoza on January 25, 2016
New data released today shows that too many Rhode Island families remain economically vulnerable. Smart public policies that create opportunities for families to save and make investments in their future prosperity pay huge dividends for all of us.
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By Steve Ahlquist on January 15, 2016
Our leaders are looking to cut or eliminate the estate tax to stimulate the economy. The problem, says economist Peter Fisher, is that, “the estate tax – which is paid only by the ultra-wealthy – doesn’t affect economic growth.”
Posted in Class Warfare, Corporate Greed, Economics, Events, Featured, National News, News, Poverty, Rhode Island, State House, Taxes | Tagged ALEC, American Legislative Exchange Council, Bob Plain, earned income tax credit, Economic Progress Institute, EITC, EPI, Estate Tax, Gina Raimondo, Grafton H. “Cap” Wiley IV, Nicholas Mattiello, Peter Fisher, Rhode Island Small Business Economic Summit | 8 Responses
By Steve Ahlquist on September 22, 2015
The Economic Progress Institute (EPI) announced that Kate Brewster is stepping down as executive director. Rachel Flum, the Institute’s long-time senior policy analyst, has been promoted as the new executive director.
By Steve Ahlquist on September 18, 2015
One in seven Rhode Islanders live in poverty.
Rhode Island has the highest poverty rate of all the New England states, and ranks 24th in the country.
One in ten white Rhode Islanders live in poverty.
More than one in five African Americans in Rhode Island are poor—twice the rate of white Rhode Islanders
Nearly one in three Latinos in Rhode Island are poor—three times the rate of white Rhode Islanders.
By Steve Ahlquist on August 31, 2015
Entering “Rhode Island” for two adults and two children brings results for the Providence/Fall River metro area, where monthly costs of living are estimated at $5,955, or $71,455 annually. This includes $913 for housing and $1338 for child care. One adult with no children needs to generate $2,543 monthly/$30,522 annually to maintain a “secure yet modest standard of living.”