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RIPEC: General Assembly needs to pare spending growth

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Public Expenditure Council urges the General Assembly to show fiscal restraint as the state faces looming deficits that could exceed...

Audit: R.I. Medicaid paid more than $38M in services for out-of-state...

PROVIDENCE – An audit released Tuesday by the R.I. Joint Committee on Legislative Services found the state’s Medicaid program disbursed at least $38.4 million...

Voters usually say yes to bond issues. Are local, state officials...

It’s not a great time to borrow.  Talk to anyone who recently took out a mortgage or a car loan, now paying interest rates not...

The best use for pandemic aid?

Gov. Daniel J. McKee’s $13.7 billion fiscal 2025 budget recommends “reprogramming” $51.7 million of the roughly $700 million in unspent State Fiscal Recovery Funds...

RIPEC urges fiscal ‘restraint’ for FY 2025 state budget

PROVIDENCE – With the historic infusion of federal revenues from pandemic relief programs expiring and a reversal of record state revenue surpluses, the state’s general...

Some Providence politicians, policy analysts say it’s time to raise taxes

It’s not often that politicians preemptively push for more taxes.  Yet a new report adopted by the Providence City Council on Thursday, Jan. 4, recommends potential tax...

Providence City Council taps study commission to mull ‘alternative revenue...

PROVIDENCE – The City Council on Thursday unanimously approved a nine–member commission to study the municipal tax system and make recommendations on ways to...

Remote work, gig economy impacting R.I. jobs data

More Rhode Islanders are working, but the state is losing jobs, according to the latest monthly report from the R.I. Department Labor and Training. Wait,...

Critics say state funding for electric bills isn’t enough

PROVIDENCE – Faced with historic winter electric rate hikes, state officials stepped in with nearly $36 million in funding to soften the blow. While the...

RIPEC report warns of increasing general revenue spending trend

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council is warning state policymakers about an increasing trend in general revenue spending, while calling for the...
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