Public finance

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,


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

Rhode Island Falls to the Bottom Ten States in Business Tax Climate Index

PROVIDENCE, RI – An analysis of the Tax Foundation’s 2023 Business Tax Climate Index (the Index) by the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council shows Rhode Island entered the bottom ten states for business tax competitiveness for the first time since 2015, ranking 42nd highest (ninth worst) in the nation.  The Index annually demonstrates how competitive

Economic development

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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