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ECONOMIC PROGRESS INSTITUTE Policy Director Linda Katz presents the EPI's "Medicaid Matters in Rhode Island 2018" report at the Statehouse. / COURTESY EPI

EPI report highlights importance of Medicaid to Rhode Islanders

PROVIDENCE – Without the billions of dollars the state budgets for Medicaid each year, Sara Braganca might not have found the resources to survive...

Raising minimum wage boosts economy

Increasing the minimum wage to $15 an hour is one of the best things we can do to simultaneously help low-wage, working families and...
THE ECONOMIC PROGRESS Institute will host its 10th annual policy and budget conference, dubbed “Budget Rhode Map: Paving the Way to Good Jobs,” on April 26 at the Omni Providence Hotel.

EPI to host 10th annual policy and budget conference

PROVIDENCE – The Economic Progress Institute will host its 10th annual policy and budget conference on April 26 in Providence.Andy Van Kleunen, CEO and...
THE HOUSE APPROVED A $9.6 BILLION fiscal 2019 budget on Friday. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NICOLE DOTZENROD

Campaign champions long-term home care independence

PROVIDENCE – The desire to stay in your home as you age is a given for most, but law and policy don’t support that...
CONCERNED: Keynote speaker Mark W. Everson, vice chairman of alliantgroup, a Texas-based tax-services provider, addresses the crowd at the Providence Business News 2018 Tax Reform Summit. He says the growing budget deficit is a top concern. / PBN PHOTO/
MIKE SKORSKI

Uncertainty reigns on impact of tax changes

Anyone who thought the new tax law would result in a simpler tax code would be sorely mistaken.If anything, parts of the sweeping new...
MASS OF CONFUSION: Steven Ursillo, managing director of West Warwick-based Sparrow, Johnson & Ursillo Inc., certified public accountants, business and technology consultants, describes the GOP tax-reform plan as a “mass of confusion.” He said people tried to predict what would happen with the last tax overhaul in 1986, only to see things pulled and added at the last minute. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Congress to finally debate tax reform

President Donald Trump’s tax plan pledges to reduce the complexity of the federal tax code, to benefit small businesses, corporations and middle-class Americans.But how...
RICAA LEADER: Paula McFarland, right, executive director of the Rhode Island Community Action Association, speaks with administrative assistant Michelle Roy. McFarland received the United Way 211 Award for her work leading RICAA. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

United Way honors McFarland for leading RICCA

When it comes to giving in Rhode Island, there may be no more powerful force than the Rhode Island Community Action Association. But its...
THE INSTITUTE ON TAXATION AND ECONOMIC POLICY created a chart that shows how the proposed tax reform package would affect Rhode Islanders. / COURTESY INSTITUTE ON TAXATION AND ECONOMIC POLICY

Report: Proposed tax changes would mostly benefit top 1% of R.I....

PROVIDENCE -  The latest proposed tax reform framework supported by President Donald Trump and U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan would disproportionately benefit the top...
RHODE ISLAND'S MEDIAN income, according to the 2016 American Community Survey produced by the U.S. Census Bureau was $60,596, while its poverty rate was 12.8 percent for the year. / COURTESY U.S. CENSUS BUREAU

Report: R.I. has highest poverty rate in New England; 4th highest...

PROVIDENCE - Rhode Island ranked No. 25 for highest poverty rate in the nation, according to 2016 American Community Survey from the U.S. Census Bureau released...

R.I. 6th best in nation for health insurance enrollment

PROVIDENCE - U.S. Census Bureau data from the 2016 American Community Survey shows more Rhode Islanders were covered for health insurance in 2016 than...
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