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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...
JOHN C. SIMMONS, executive director of the Rhode Island Public Expenditures Council. RIPEC released a fiscal 2016 expenditure assessment Friday. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

RIPEC: R.I. FY16 direct general expenditure ranks in highest half of...

PROVIDENCE – In fiscal 2016, Rhode Island was among the top half of highest spending states in the nation per $1,000 of personal income...
JOHN C. SIMMONS, executive director of the Rhode Island Public Expenditures Council, released the 2018 edition of the nonprofit's series on how public revenue collections in the Ocean State compare with the rest of the nation. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

RIPEC: R.I. seventh-highest in U.S. for tax collections per $1K of...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island ranked No. 7 in the nation for highest state and local taxes collected per $1,000 of personal income at $109.47,...
THE RHODE ISLAND PUBLIC EXPENDITURE COUNCIL has released a summary and projection of factors it considers important in relation to the three general obligation bond ballot initiatives included in the upcoming election.

RIPEC issues breakdown of state debt, revenue and bond referendums

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council released a report Friday that analyzed the state’s budget outlook, debt position and their relation to...
PROVIDENCE POLICE CHIEF Col. Hugh Clements, left, and R.I. Department of Environmental Management Director Janet Coit will be honored at RIPEC's 75th Annual Meeting with public service awards. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE POLICE DEPARTMENT/ PBN FILE PHOTO

RIPEC to honor Clements, Coit with public service awards

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council will honor Providence Police Chief Col. Hugh Clements and R.I. Department of Environmental Management Director Janet...

Runey to succeed Bowen as JWU chancellor

PROVIDENCE – Mim L. Runey, who has served as the Johnson & Wales University Providence campus president and chief operating officer since 2011, will...
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