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Q4 2019 Current Economic Indicator Shows Expanding Economy but Persistent Growth Gap

Providence (February 2020) – Today, the Center for Global and Regional Economic Studies at Bryant University and the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council jointly released the Rhode Island Current Economic Indicator (CEI) Briefing for the fourth quarter of 2019. The briefing showed that the improved economic conditions and job growth seen in Rhode Island over …

How Rhode Island Expenditures Compare: 2019 Edition

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (December 2019) – Today RIPEC released its annual report, How Rhode Island Expenditures Compare: 2019 Edition, which provides details on state and local government expenditures in fiscal year (FY) 2017, the most recent year for which national data are available. Using data released by the United States Census Bureau, the publication compares Rhode Island’s …

How Rhode Island Revenues Compare: 2019 Edition

PROVIDENCE R.I. (December 2019) – Today RIPEC released its annual report, How Rhode Island Revenues Compare: 2019 Edition, which provides details on state and local government revenue sources from Fiscal Year (FY) 2017, the most recent year for which data are available. The publication compares Rhode Island’s fiscal system with those of the other 49 states …

Comparative Analysis of Public Higher Education Governance

Providence (November 2019) – Today, the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council released “Governing Higher Education: A Comparative Analysis of Public Higher Education in Rhode Island.” “Governing Higher Education” considers the structure of higher education in Rhode Island through historic and regional context. It does so on the heels of the governance reorganization that is presently …

Q3 2019 Current Economic Indicator Shows Steady, Slow Growth

Providence (November 2019) – Today, the Center for Global and Regional Economic Studies at Bryant University and the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council jointly released the Rhode Island Current Economic Indicator (CEI) Briefing for Q3 2019. Rhode Island GDP is projected to have expanded 1.8 percent in Q3 2019. For the first time since 2013, …

RIPEC Releases Economy Volume in Rhode Island in Context Series

PROVIDENCE R.I. (October 2019): Today, the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council released the third of three volumes that comprise “Rhode Island in Context: Regional and Historic Trends,” 2019 Edition. The full volume is available here.  “Rhode Island in Context” provides summaries and analyses of the most current national, regional, and state data that measure the Ocean …

RIPEC Releases Population Volume in Rhode Island in Context Series

PROVIDENCE R.I. (October 2019): Today, the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council released the second of three volumes that comprise “Rhode Island in Context: Regional and Historic Trends,” 2019 Edition. “Rhode Island in Context” provides summaries and analyses of the most current national, regional, and state data that measure the Ocean State’s population trends, economy, and …

RIPEC Releases Government Finance Volume in Rhode Island in Context Series

PROVIDENCE R.I. (September 2019) – Today, the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council released the first of three volumes that comprise “Rhode Island in Context: Regional and Historic Trends,” 2019 Edition. “Volume I: Government Finance”.  “Rhode Island in Context” provides summaries and analyses of the most current national, regional, and state data that measure the Ocean State’s …

Q2 2019 Current Economic Indicator Shows Sluggish GDP Performance

Providence (August 2019) – Today, the Center for Global and Regional Economic Studies at Bryant University and the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council jointly released the Rhode Island Current Economic Indicator (CEI) Briefing for Q2 2019. Rhode Island GDP is projected to expand 1.7 percent in Q2 2019 and 2.2 percent in Q1 2019, which …

RIPEC Releases Analysis of 2019 Education Reform Legislation

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (August 2019) – Today, the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council released “Reforming Structures of Education Governance: Legislative Elementary and Secondary Education Reform in Rhode Island, 2019.” This report provides context for, and details of, a package of reforms to Rhode Island’s public elementary and secondary education system that was introduced by the General …

Current Economic Indicator Projects Slow Growth Throughout Q1 2019

Providence (May 2019) – Today, the Center for Global and Regional Economic Studies at Bryant University and the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) jointly released the Rhode Island Current Economic Indicator (CEI) Briefing for the first quarter of 2019. Revised data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis shows that Rhode Island GDP contracted …

Q4 2018 Current Economic Indicator Shows Stagnant Economy in Rhode Island

Providence (March 2019) – Today, the Center for Global and Regional Economic Studies at Bryant University and the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council jointly released the Rhode Island Current Economic Indicator (CEI) Briefing for the fourth quarter of 2018. The briefing projects that Rhode Island’s economy stagnated in the fourth quarter of 2018. After a …

RIPEC Policy Brief: Adopting a State-Based Individual Shared Responsibility Payment

Today, RIPEC released a Policy Brief that considers whether adopting a state-based individual shared responsibility payment (SRP, or individual health insurance mandate penalty) is a sensible policy choice for Rhode Island.  Based on a review of the theoretical arguments and empirical literature, RIPEC believes that adopting a state-based individual SRP, and dedicating those revenues to …

RIPEC Releases Updated Comparative Analysis of Education Governance in MA and RI

PROVIDENCE (March 2019) – Today, the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) released a comparative analysis of education governance in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. This analysis is a companion to, and update of, a 2016 report which likewise observed that, despite recent education reforms, Rhode Island’s public school students perform near the national average on …

RIPEC Policy Brief: How Rhode Island Unemployment Insurance Benefits Compare

Today, RIPEC released a Policy Brief that provides an analysis of how Rhode Island’s Unemployment Insurance benefits compare to other states nationally and within New England.  The intent of this policy brief is to provide background information and context when considering legislation introduced during the 2019 Legislative Session that would increase the maximum weekly unemployment …

How Rhode Island Expenditures Compare: 2018 Edition

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (December 2018) – RIPEC today released its annual report, How Rhode Island Expenditures Compare: 2018 Edition, which provides details on state and local government expenditures in fiscal year (FY) 2016, the most recent year for which national data are available. Using data released by the United States Census Bureau, the publication compares Rhode Island’s …

How Rhode Island Revenues Compare: 2018 Edition

PROVIDENCE R.I. (November 2018) – Today RIPEC released its annual report, How Rhode Island Revenues Compare: 2018 Edition, which provides details on state and local government revenue sources from Fiscal Year (FY) 2016, the most recent year for which state and national data are available. The publication compares Rhode Island’s fiscal system with those of the …

Report on November 2018 Ballot Initiatives and State’s Debt Position & Budget Outlook

PROVIDENCE R.I. (October 2018) – On November 6, Rhode Island voters will be asked to consider three ballot questions, which would authorize $589.5 million in additional debt costs, accounting for estimated interest and borrowing costs.  Today, the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) released a report intended to assist voters as they consider these ballot …

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