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Rhode Island’s Budget Stabilized with Federal Funding, Jump in Estimated State Revenues

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A new Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) report released today analyzes Governor Daniel J. McKee’s fiscal year (FY) 2022 budget, revenue projections, and new federal resources. The report focuses on the extent to which the budget utilizes one-time federal funding to pay for ongoing state expenditures, analyzes the projected increases in …

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How Rhode Island Compares

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council released today an analysis of “How Rhode Island Compares” to the U.S. and New England on state and local revenues and expenditures, using the most recent data available from the U.S. Census Bureau (fiscal year 2018). In addition to comparing the Ocean State’s revenues and spending …

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RIPEC Supports Borrowing for State Bond Referenda

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council released today an analysis of the seven ballot initiatives totaling $400 million to be considered by Rhode Island voters at a special election on March 2, 2021. The report looks at each bond referendum in terms of its return on investment, consistency with long-term state debt …

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Rhode Island Facing Over $500 Million Potential Deficit For Next Fiscal Year

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island is facing a $513.7 million budget deficit in FY 2022 if expenditures continue to grow as projected and one-time federal funding is no longer available to plug state general revenue expenditures, based on an analysis by the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council. The so-called “skinny” FY 2021 state budget enacted …

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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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Key Questions Remain in Proposal to Shore Up Flagging RIte Share Program

PROVIDENCE, RI – A Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council policy brief released today finds that elements of the administration’s plan to bolster the state’s flagging RIte Share program may require greater consideration. Through the RIte Share program, the state covers out-of-pocket expenses on employer-sponsored health insurance for Medicaid-eligible employees and their families. The policy brief breaks …

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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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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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