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3:36 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

Scott MacKay Commentary: Time For Deep Breath On RI Statehouse Tax Cuts

Rhode Island Statehouse
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Cutting taxes is all the rage at the Rhode Island Statehouse.  RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders why lawmakers are talking about tax cuts before dealing with the red ink in the state budget.

Take a stroll through the corridors of  McKim, Mead and White’s marble palace on Smith Hill and you’ll likely bump into a lawmaker with a plan to cut taxes.

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RI News
4:26 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

RI Trying To Determine What Happened To SSI Checks

The state Department of Human Resources is trying to figure out why some 8,200 Rhode Islanders didn’t receive their state supplemental insurance payment as scheduled Monday. Officials suspect a problem with the banking transaction.

Every month some 32,000 Rhode Islanders receive a supplemental insurance payment. Typically, the recipients are disabled or elderly who didn’t work long enough to qualify for Social Security.  The state supplements the federal payments to the tune of about $40 a month. But on Monday, about 25 percent of the recipients didn’t receive the state portion.

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The Silver Boom: Aging in RI
1:49 am
Fri March 15, 2013

The Silver Boom: Will Entitlements be There for Future Retirees?

What's being done on Capitol Hill to preserve Social Security and Medicare?
Credit US Capitol

A Brown University PhD student in epidemiology, Beth Lacy, is 28 years old. That means she’s a long way from retirement and plans to be working for decades to come. But the debate over the future of Medicare and Social Security is on Lacy’s mind even when she makes one of her regular coffee stops at the Cable Car Café in Providence.

“Is is something I think about,” she says. “It’s not something that necessarily keeps me up at night. But just because of the world I’m in with work – public health – I definitely think a lot more about Medicare than Social Security.”

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