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RHODE ISLAND had the second highest poverty rate in New England in 2019. / COURTESY ECONOMIC PROGRESS INSTITUTE

Report: R.I. had No. 2 highest rate of poverty in N.E....

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island had the No.18 lowest poverty rate in the United States in 2019 but the second highest rate in New England...

Economic Progress Institute predicts move away from employer-based health insurance

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island ranked third in the nation in the lowest rate of residents that are not covered by health insurance in 2019,...

EPI calls for alternatives to budget cuts, including raising taxes

PROVIDENCE – The economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been projected to cause a massive revenue shortfall for Rhode Island for fiscal 2021. The...
DEDICATED ADVOCATE: Rhode Island Black Business Association President Lisa Ranglin says RIBBA aims to identify and remove systemic barriers of race and ethnicity in business. 

Banker battles disparity in wages, opportunity

Business Women Awards 2019 | HONOREE Lisa Ranglin, Rhode Island Black Business Association For Lisa Ranglin – risk and compliance manager for Providence-based Citizens Bank –...
RHODE ISLAND'S benefits program for families with children under the age of 18 has not kept pace with inflation, according to the Economic Institute Policy. / COURTESY ECONOMIC PROGRESS INSTITUTE

Report: R.I.’s family assistance benefit program needs improvement

PROVIDENCE - Safety net benefits for low income families with children under 18 in Rhode Island have not increased for nearly 30 years, and...
SHOWING UP: Rhode Island Black Business Association President Lisa Ranglin meets with members at the office. From left: Retired R.I. State Police Lt. John P. A’Vant; Ranglin; Clarence R. Sneed Jr., CEO of S&S Trucking; and Donna M. Sams, Community College of Rhode Island campus coordinator, Providence and Lincoln.

Banker battles disparity in wages, opportunity

For Lisa Ranglin – risk and compliance manager for Providence-based Citizens Bank – it’s been a busy professional track. Her executive experience includes more than...

Businesses seek study of minimum wage hike

Rhode Island again is considering an increase in the minimum wage to stay competitive with surrounding states, including Massachusetts. Among New England states, only Connecticut...
STRATEGIZING: Ocean State Job Lot officials, from left, Donna McLeod, director of recruitment; Bob Selle, chief human resources officer; Lisa Pereira, talent acquisition; and Kara Reddy, talent acquisition specialist, campus and social recruitment, conduct a strategy ­meeting.  

Tight labor market demands competitive pay

The minimum wage increased in Rhode Island this month to $10.50 an hour, the second bump in two years. For the estimated 20,000 to 30,000...

Report: Many Rhode Islanders can’t make ends meet

PROVIDENCE – Two-thirds of single-parent families and large numbers of other Rhode Islanders don’t earn enough to cover basic expenses, according to a report...
BEACH CLEANUP: Save The Bay Executive Director Jonathan Stone, left, speaks with a volunteer at a cleanup in the Oakland Beach neighborhood of Warwick during last year’s International Coastal Cleanup Day. Above right, a logo in support of Question No. 3 on next month’s ballot created by Save The Bay. 

For nonprofits, less is more on political advocacy

Rhode Island nonprofits, to varying degrees, have thrown their weight behind certain causes in past elections that align with their missions. But some have learned...

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