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Schools in Crisis: Improving Rhode Island’s Education System

Rhode Island’s education system is in crisis. Student outcomes are unacceptably low with wide gaps in performance across demographic and geographic lines. The pandemic has only deepened these inequities. Rhode Island needs to pursue education reform with the priority and urgency it deserves. Student Academic Performance Students’ statewide proficiency in math Students’ statewide proficiency in …

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Rhode Island Ranks 37th in 2021 Business Tax Climate Index

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – An analysis of the 2021 Business Tax Climate Index by the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council shows a modest increase in Rhode Island’s ranking to 37th in the nation. The 50-state ranking shows Rhode Island improving two spots over its 2020 rank. The Index also shows Rhode Island ahead of its neighbor, Connecticut …

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CEI for Q2 2020 Shows Historic Contraction of Economic Activity and Employment in RI

PROVIDENCE, RI – Today, the Center for Global and Regional Economic Studies at Bryant University and the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council jointly released the Rhode Island Current Economic Indicator (CEI) Briefing for the second quarter of 2020. The Briefing details an unprecedented contraction in economic activity in Q2, with the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) declining …

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May 2020 Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference Points to Slow Recovery of State Revenues

PROVIDENCE, RI – A new Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council report warns that Rhode Island may experience a long-term shortfall in general revenues and finds that while the state recovered all the jobs lost during the Great Recessions several years ago, its inflation-adjusted general revenue levels had yet to recover, before the pandemic. The report, “Rhode …

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Assembly Relies on Rainy Day Fund, Federal Pandemic Funding to Balance FY 2020 Supplemental Budget

PROVIDENCE, RI – A new Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council report released today examines the measures taken by the Rhode Island General Assembly to pass a balanced supplemental budget for fiscal year (FY) 2020, which ended June 30, 2020. Specifically, the report looks at how the legislature solved for a general revenue deficit caused by …

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Unemployment Trust Fund Solvency Threatened, Rate Hikes Likely; TDI Stable but Rates Hikes Likely

PROVIDENCE, RI – A new Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council report released today finds that, because of the economic crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, Rhode Island’s unemployment insurance (UI) trust fund is projected to be insolvent by the end of September. As a result, employers are likely to pay significantly more in federal and state …

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CEI for Q1 2020, April Jobs Numbers Show Sharp Decline, Uneven Impact of Pandemic on RI Industries

PROVIDENCE, RI – Today, the Center for Global and Regional Economic Studies at Bryant University and the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council jointly released the Rhode Island Current Economic Indicator (CEI) Briefing for the first quarter of 2020. “The industry breakdown of employment losses speaks to the fact that Rhode Island has one of the …

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RI Faces Severe Budget Challenges From COVID-19 Crisis Without More Federal Aid

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (April 2020) – A new Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council report released today finds that unless more federal assistance is provided, the State of Rhode Island will likely have severe budget challenges as a result of the economic fallout connected with the COVID-19 public health emergency. The report, “The COVID-19 Economic Crisis: Federal Assistance …

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How Rhode Island Expenditures Compare: 2019 Edition

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (December 2019) – Today RIPEC released its annual report, How Rhode Island Expenditures Compare: 2019 Edition, which provides details on state and local government expenditures in fiscal year (FY) 2017, the most recent year for which national data are available. Using data released by the United States Census Bureau, the publication compares Rhode Island’s …

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How Rhode Island Revenues Compare: 2019 Edition

PROVIDENCE R.I. (December 2019) – Today RIPEC released its annual report, How Rhode Island Revenues Compare: 2019 Edition, which provides details on state and local government revenue sources from Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, the most recent year for which data are available. The publication compares Rhode Island’s fiscal system with those of the other 49 states …

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