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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...
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,...
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...
A PHOTO OF the state capitol is taken from the Statehouse lawn in Providence./ COURTESY JACK NEWTON

Rhode Island lawmakers mull $6.6M unemployment insurance scoop

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island lawmakers are mulling a controversial proposal to dip into a near-$500 million unemployment insurance fund to pay for a popular...
RHODE ISLAND RANKED No. 20 in the nation for highest total state and local expenditure in fiscal 2015. / COURTESY RIPEC

R.I. ranks No. 20 for highest public expenditures per $1K of...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island ranked No. 20 for the highest total state and local government expenditures per $1,000 of personal income in the “How...
THE CURRENT ECONOMIC INDICATOR, produced by the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council and Bryant University's Center for Global and Regional Economic Studies, estimates that Rhode Island's economy expanded at an annual rate of 2.9 percent in the first quarter, four times as fast as the U.S. economy for the same period.

RIPEC estimates Q1 2.9% GDP growth, expects 2% growth in Q2

PROVIDENCE – The Current Economic Indicator report for the first quarter of 2017 showed signs of continued improvement for the Rhode Island economy. The...

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