Public finance

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


Reopening of RI’s Public Schools Is Uneven Across Districts Raising Troubling Equity Issues

PROVIDENCE, RI – A new Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council report released today raises concerns about increased inequity across Rhode Island’s public elementary and secondary education system since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The report, entitled “Elementary and Secondary Education in the Pandemic: An Analysis of School Reopening and Distance Learning in Rhode Island,” analyzes

Human services

Economic development

Q3 2020 CEI Shows Partial Recovery, Constrained Economic Activity

PROVIDENCE, RI – While economic activity in Rhode Island grew in the third quarter of 2020 and the state recovered a significant number of jobs as compared to the second quarter of 2020, economic activity continues to be severely constrained. These projections were released today in the Rhode Island Current Economic Indicator Briefing, published jointly by

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