Economic Progress institute

Governor's Race
9:39 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Square Off At Economic Forum

Democratic gubernatorial candidates Gina Raimondo, Clay Pell, Todd Giroux, and Angel Taveras.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

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.

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Governor's Race
8:50 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Set To Square Off At EconomicForum

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.

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.

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Health Care
5:00 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Concern Growing That Low Income Parents Can't Afford Health Insurance

Many of the state's poorest residents may run into trouble under Obamacare.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

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.

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The Pulse
4:07 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Update: RIte Care, Low Income Rhode Islanders, And The ACA

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.

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RIPR News
2:45 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Census Finds RI has Highest Poverty Rate in New England

The U.S. Census Bureau’s latest data contain mixed signals about the state of Rhode Island’s economy.   The median income climbed by double digits but the state still has the highest poverty rate in the region.

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.

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Local Features
7:57 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Advocates Lay Out Legislative Agenda to Combat Poverty

Kate Brewster of the Economic Progress Institute says the state should do more to combat poverty in RI.
Credit Kristin Gourlay

Rhode Island has a poverty rate of 14%, according to a scorecard from the Corporation for Enterprise Development, a national think-tank.

The Economic Progress  Institute of Rhode Island holds  its annual policy conference Thursday to tackle the complex issue of poverty in the Ocean State.  Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison sits down with that organization’s executive director, Kate Brewster.

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Politics
8:19 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Disagreement over Corporate Tax Rate Modifications

The business community is applauding a proposed cut in Rhode Island’s corporate tax rate.

In his latest budget, Governor Lincoln Chafee calls for cutting the corporate tax from 9 to 7 percent over three years.

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.”

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RI News
3:09 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Sen. Reed bill will Hike Minimum Wage

Rhode Island Senator Jack Reed is supporting a bill that would increase the federal minimum wage over the next three years.

The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25.  The so-called “Federal Wage Act” would increase that wage by 95 cents annually until it reaches $10.10 by 2015.

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.

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