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RIPEC Analyzes Rhode Island’s Business Tax Climate

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council released today its analysis of Rhode Island’s business tax climate, finding that the state has improved its standing in the Tax Foundation’s Business Tax Climate Index from 42nd to 41st but still ranks in the bottom ten states. RIPEC’s brief also assesses potential tax law changes …

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RI KPI Q4 Briefing: Positive Results Across Key Economic Indicators While Underlying Issues Remain

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island’s economy experienced positive results across most key economic indicators in Q4 2023, according to the Rhode Island Key Performance Indicators (KPI) Briefing, released today. The Briefing, completed by The Center for Global and Regional Economic Studies at Bryant University and the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC), showed fourth quarter …

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Rhode Island State Budget in Transition: Four Key Issues for FY 2025 and Beyond

Providence, R.I. – The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council released a report today examining the state’s fiscal outlook ahead of the FY 2025 budget process. Over the past few years, Rhode Island’s state budgets have had an infusion of unprecedented revenues fueled by massive federal pandemic relief funding and record state revenue surplus dollars. However, …

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Empty Seats: Enrollment and Chronic Absenteeism in Rhode Island Schools

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) today released a new report analyzing the linked trends of declining enrollment and increased chronic absenteeism. Using newly available data, RIPEC’s report helps explain why there are so many more empty seats in Rhode Island classrooms today than just a few years ago. RIPEC also …

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RI KPI Briefing for Q3 2023 Shows Mixed Results Across Key Metrics Even as Unemployment Reaches 35-Year Low

PROVIDENCE, RI –While Rhode Island’s unemployment rate hit its lowest point in 35 years, our local economy experienced mixed results across key economic indicators, according to the Rhode Island Key Performance Indicators (KPI) Briefing for the second quarter of 2023, released today. The Briefing, completed by The Center for Global and Regional Economic Studies at …

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Funding for Multilingual Learners in RI’s K-12 System

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) today released a policy brief analyzing funding for multilingual learners in Rhode Island. The brief highlights three main findings: “Rhode Island is behind the curve when it comes to funding for multilingual learners,” said RIPEC President & CEO Michael DiBiase. “The dollars simply haven’t matched …

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RI Key Performance Indicators Briefing for Q2 2023 Suggests Economic Growth Has Stalled

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island’s economy experienced no GDP growth and mixed results across key economic metrics, according to the Rhode Island Key Performance Indicators (KPI) Briefing for Q2 2023, released today. The Briefing, completed by The Center for Global and Regional Economic Studies at Bryant University and the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC), …

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RIPEC Reports on Changes to State Education Aid in FY 2024 State Budget

Providence, R.I. – The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) released a policy brief analyzing changes to Rhode Island’s education funding formula in the fiscal year (FY) 2024 state budget today. For FY 2024, the General Assembly established an enrollment loss transition fund and poverty loss stabilization fund, and made changes to the poverty measure and …

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RIPEC Analyzes the Governor’s FY 2024 Budget and the State’s Fiscal Outlook

Providence, R.I. – The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) released a report today analyzing Governor Daniel J. McKee’s proposed fiscal year (FY) 2024 budget, revisions to the FY 2023 budget, and the state’s fiscal outlook. RIPEC found that the governor’s proposed FY 2024 budget represents the continuation of a level of total spending and …

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KPI Briefing for Q1 2023: Rhode Island Shows Strong Employment, but Economic Expansion Has Slowed

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island’s economy improved across most key economic measures in Q1 2023, but the rate of economic expansion has slowed, according to the Rhode Island Key Performance Indicators (KPI) Briefing for the first quarter of 2023, released today. The Briefing, completed by The Center for Global and Regional Economic Studies at Bryant …

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