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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.
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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.  
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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. 
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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...
THE INSTITUTE ON TAXATION AND ECONOMIC POLICY said that Rhode Island having the No. 32 least equitable income-to-tax ratios state in the U.S. in a new report. / COURTESY INSTITUTE ON TAXATION AND ECONOMIC POLICY

Study finds the wealthy pay a lesser share of their income...

PROVIDENCE – The greater your income in Rhode Island, the less of it you pay in state and local taxes, a new study finds. The...

Report: Income inequality continues to grow in U.S.

PROVIDENCE - Income inequality in the United States has continued to grow in the years since the Great Recession, though the gap in Rhode...
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...
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