RIPEC to focus on four areas of concern to help revive R.I.
THE RHODE ISLAND PUBLIC EXPENDITURE COUNCIL set its operational agenda at its annual meeting Monday, saying it would focus on: the cost of doing business in Rhode Island, education and workforce development, transportation and infrastructure, and state and local fiscal policy.
PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council set its agenda for the next two years at its annual meeting, held Monday evening at the R.I. Convention Center.
And while maintaining its emphasis on how state and local government raises and spends money, the non-partisan research center said that the ineffectiveness of recent economic development initiatives to lift the state out of its economic doldrums require comprehensive change in order “to regain a solid fiscal base and grow the economy.”
To help the public sector make the changes necessary in order to accomplish that goal, RIPEC said, it would make four pieces of public policy its focal points over the next two years:
The cost of doing business in Rhode Island
Education and workforce development
Transportation and infrastructure
State and local fiscal policy
RIPEC’s tools for helping the state advance will be reports, comments, and as needed, consulting work on the four themes, its operating program stated, while adding that the think tank will continue to perform its long-standing services, including issuing its state budget analyses and its “How Rhode Island Compares” series, and offer technical assistance when requested by public officials.
To see the complete plan for RIPEC’s operations, click HERE.
As part of the meeting, RIPEC also presented its public service awards to Peter A. DeAngelis Jr., the manager for the town of Barrington, and Peter M. Marino, the director of the R.I. Office of Management and Budget.
David Gergen, the former adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, and currently director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government as well as senior political analyst for CNN, was scheduled to give an address at the meeting.