Kate Brewster http://ripr.org en 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