Economic Progress institute http://ripr.org en Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Square Off At Economic Forum http://ripr.org/post/democratic-gubernatorial-candidates-square-economic-forum <p>The four Democrats running for governor mostly agreed with one another on a host of issues during a forum Monday sponsored by a liberal think tank, the Economic Progress Institute. The issues included jobs, safety net programs, and taxes.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:39:18 +0000 Ian Donnis 31697 at http://ripr.org Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Square Off At Economic Forum Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Set To Square Off At EconomicForum http://ripr.org/post/democratic-gubernatorial-candidates-set-square-economicforum <p>The Democratic candidates for governor are slated to discuss a series of economic issues during a forum this evening in Warwick. The event comes with just about five months until the September 9th primary election.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Democrats Angel Taveras, Gina Raimondo and Clay Pell are expected for the 5 pm candidates’ forum at the Ocean State Theatre Company in Warwick. The discussion is being sponsored by a liberal think tank, the Economic Progress Institute.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:50:46 +0000 Ian Donnis 31639 at http://ripr.org Concern Growing That Low Income Parents Can't Afford Health Insurance http://ripr.org/post/concern-growing-low-income-parents-cant-afford-health-insurance <p>About 4500 parents who used to have health insurance through RIte Care, the state’s Medicaid program, will have to reapply for insurance if they want to remain covered after the end of the month. The biggest concern is that the poorest Rhode Islanders may not be able to afford it.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 27441 at http://ripr.org Concern Growing That Low Income Parents Can't Afford Health Insurance Update: RIte Care, Low Income Rhode Islanders, And The ACA http://ripr.org/post/update-rite-care-low-income-rhode-islanders-and-aca <p>Some of the lowest-income Rhode Islanders may be losing their health insurance coverage or paying a bit more for it by the end of this month.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 21:07:11 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 27337 at http://ripr.org Census Finds RI has Highest Poverty Rate in New England http://ripr.org/post/census-finds-ri-has-highest-poverty-rate-new-england <p>The U.S. Census Bureau’s latest data contain mixed signals about the state of Rhode Island’s economy.&nbsp;&nbsp; The median income climbed by double digits but the state still has the highest poverty rate in the region.</p><p>While Rhode Island’s median household income climbed 14 percent from 2011 to 2012, the state remained stuck with the highest poverty rate in New England. Thirteen-point-six percent of all residents are living below the federal poverty level. Second is Maine at 12.8 percent.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 18:45:28 +0000 Flo Jonic 21871 at http://ripr.org Census Finds RI has Highest Poverty Rate in New England Advocates Lay Out Legislative Agenda to Combat Poverty http://ripr.org/post/advocates-lay-out-legislative-agenda-combat-poverty <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Rhode Island has a poverty rate of 14%, according to a scorecard from the Corporation for Enterprise Development, a national think-tank.</p><p>The Economic Progress &nbsp;Institute of Rhode Island holds &nbsp;its annual policy conference Thursday to tackle the complex issue of poverty in the Ocean State.&nbsp; Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison sits down with that organization’s executive director, Kate Brewster.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 11:57:35 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison & Natalie Jablonski 12624 at http://ripr.org Advocates Lay Out Legislative Agenda to Combat Poverty Disagreement over Corporate Tax Rate Modifications http://ripr.org/post/disagreement-over-corporate-tax-rate-modifications <p>The business community is applauding a proposed cut in Rhode Island’s corporate tax rate.<br><br>In his latest budget, Governor Lincoln Chafee calls for cutting the corporate tax from 9 to 7 percent over three years.<br><br>Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce head Laurie White calls that a smart move. “It would be a welcome change. It’s not a game-changer. There are lots of factors that contribute to positive business climate rankings and profile, but this is certainly a welcome step.”<br> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 13:19:51 +0000 Ian Donnis 11507 at http://ripr.org Sen. Reed bill will Hike Minimum Wage http://ripr.org/post/sen-reed-bill-will-hike-minimum-wage <p>Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed is supporting a bill that would increase the federal minimum wage over the next three years.</p><p>The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25.&nbsp; The so-called “Federal Wage Act” would increase that wage by 95 cents annually until it reaches $10.10 by 2015.</p><p>However the buying power of minimum wage has decreased significantly, and the new boost may not be enough in Rhode Island, says Kate Brewster, the executive director of The Economic Progress Institute.</p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 20:09:20 +0000 John Bender 11471 at http://ripr.org