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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 …

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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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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, …

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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 …

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Funding for Multilingual Learners in RI’s K-12 System

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council (RIPEC) today released a policy brief analyzing funding for multilingual learners in Rhode Island. The brief highlights three main findings: “Rhode Island is behind the curve when it comes to funding for multilingual learners,” said RIPEC President & CEO Michael DiBiase. “The dollars simply haven’t matched …

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Schools in Crisis: Improving Rhode Island’s Education System

Rhode Island’s education system is in crisis. Student outcomes are unacceptably low with wide gaps in performance across demographic and geographic lines. The pandemic has only deepened these inequities. Rhode Island needs to pursue education reform with the priority and urgency it deserves. Rhode Island can and should improve education for students, their families, and …

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