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RHODE ISLAND GDP was projected to have increased at an annualized rate of 1.7% in the second quarter of 2019. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND PUBLIC EXPENDITURE COUNCIL AND THE CENTER FOR GLOBAL AND REGIONAL ECONOMIC STUDIES AT BRYANT UNIVERSITY

Report: R.I. GDP growth slows in Q2

PROVIDENCE – The gross domestic product in Rhode Island was estimated to have expanded at a 1.7% annualized rate in the second quarter of...

Simmons to leave RIPEC at end of year

PROVIDENCE – John C. Simmons will step down from his post as CEO and president of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council at the...
JOHN C. SIMMONS will depart from his role as CEO and president of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council by the end of 2019. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Simmons to leave RIPEC at end of year

PROVIDENCE – John C. Simmons will step down from his post as CEO and president of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council at the...
ECONOMIC GROWTH in Rhode Island in 2018 was sluggish, ranking No. 47 in the nation, and it is expected to start 2019 with similar performance. / COURTESY CENTER FOR GLOBAL AND REGIONAL ECONOMIC STUDIES AND THE RHODE ISLAND PUBLIC EXPENDITURE COUNCIL

CEI report: R.I.’s economic growth sluggish in Q1 at 0.5%

PROVIDENCE – The Ocean State’s economy showed more signs of sluggishness in the first quarter of 2019 as the Rhode Island Current Economic Indicator...
THE RHODE ISLAND Current Economic Indicator report published by the Center for Global and Regional Economic Studies at Bryant University and the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council found that the state real GDP increased at an annualized 0.2 percent in the fourth quarter and projected no growth int he first quarter of 2019. / COURTESY CENTER FOR GLOBAL AND REGIONAL ECONOMIC STUDIES AT BRYANT UNIVERSITY AND THE RHODE ISLAND PUBLIC EXPENDITURE COUNCIL

CEI report sees Q4 economic stagnation in R.I.

SMITHFIELD – The Rhode Island Current Economic Indicator increased at an annualized rate of 0.2 percent in the fourth quarter, according to the Center...

Does arbitration favor firefighters?

A study released in December found Rhode Island’s spending for fire protection remains the highest of any state in the nation.It’s been that way...

Bay State does what Ocean State should

Two recent exhortations to improve K-12 education in Rhode Island have landed on much the same conclusion. The state needs to step up and...
IN AN ANALYSIS OF Rhode Island and Massachusetts school performance and governance, RIPEC has recommended that policymakers shift Rhode Island education towards the Massachusetts system in regard to state control of curriculum, increase state-level support for districts and schools to implement reforms and to move toward a school-based management model in contrast to the current district-based management model. Above, RIPEC Executive Director, John C. Simmons. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

RIPEC recommends R.I. adopt some Mass. education policies

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council has issued an updated analysis of Rhode Island education governance in comparison to Massachusetts governance and...
FIRST STEP: Rhode Island Business Group on Health Executive Director Al Charbonneau says a federal rule requiring hospitals to post pricing data online is the first of many steps to price transparency. Next to Charbonneau is Hospital Association of Rhode Island President Teresa Paiva Weed.
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New CMS rule requires hospitals to post pricing data online

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requires hospitals’ pricing data to be posted to their websites, billed as the first step toward a...
ASSESSMENT FEE: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has proposed a fiscal 2020 budget that includes a Medicaid Employer Assessment Fee, which if approved would annually charge companies that employ 300 or more workers as much as a $1,500 penalty per employee who was not offered health insurance but then qualified for state-supported Medicaid.
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Raimondo proposes new fee to ensure employers offer health insurance

A powerful disincentive for not offering employees health care insurance is included in the proposed 2020 budget introduced by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo.If a...
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