Public finance

The Governor’s FY 2025 Budget Proposal: A Transitional Budget as the State Faces More Constrained Revenues

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) released a report today analyzing Governor Daniel J. McKee’s proposed fiscal year (FY) 2025 budget, revisions to the FY 2024 budget, and the state’s fiscal outlook ahead of the May Revenue Estimating Conference. RIPEC found that the governor’s proposed budget represented a transitional spending plan


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

Human services

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

Economic development

RI KPI Briefing: Strong Growth in Jobs and Labor Force Participation in Q1 2024

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island’s economy experienced positive results across most key economic indicators in Q1 2024, according to the Rhode Island Key Performance Indicators (KPI) Briefing, released today. Prepared by The Center for Global and Regional Economic Studies at Bryant University and the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC), the Briefing shows that the

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