Rhode Island’s state and local tax burden is still the sixth worst in the nation, according to the Tax Foundation’s updated ranking. It will therefore receive another F grade when the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity updates its Report Card on Rhode Island Competitiveness early in 2013.
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Rhode Island’s unemployment rate fell another two tenths of a point in September, to 10.5%, still second only to Nevada. More notable, though, is that the Ocean State led the nation in actual employment increase, and that the results for the country as a whole have rightly raised eye-brows. Not seasonally adjusted, September typically sees […]
Rhode Island’s unemployment rate fell a tenth of a point in July, to 10.7%, still second only to Nevada. This month, the results could be termed “mixed,” but it’s a mix of bad and stagnant. Employment actually increased, after a summer of losses, but even more gave up looking for work.
The North Kingstown janitor controversy provides the latest evidence that taxpayers pay a substantial premium for the workers on their payroll, compared with the private sector.
A closer look at the RI Dept. of Education’s ranking of elementary schools suggests that parents and the public at large should consider their schools’ results with care.
Rhode Island’s unemployment rate fell a tenth of a point in July, to 10.8%, still second only to Nevada. But the results are far from positive; they aren’t even “mixed.” More people lost their jobs, and even more gave up looking for work.
When the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity released its “Report Card on Rhode Island ‘Competitiveness,'” in February, Rhode Islanders had reason to believe that the General Assembly would do something to address the state’s most pressing issue: jobs. Since February, almost two thousand more Rhode Islanders are out of work, and even more than that gave up and left the labor force. The legislature and its enacted budget did nothing to improve the economic climate of the state and arguably made things worse.
The RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity’s release of pension data for Cranston makes comparisons possible with retirees in the state system, whose records the Center posted in the fall. When it comes to the average annual pension payment given to its retirees in the state Employees’ Retirement System (ERSRI), Cranston pays only a few […]
As part of government’s effort to edge its way into the preschool market, and the federal government’s slow usurpation of education more generally, Rhode Island will be receiving $12.5 million annually over the next four years. As it typically goes with government, proponents begin with the positive objective that they seek to pursue and give […]
In his Sunday Providence Journal column, Assistant Managing Editor for business, commerce, and consumer issues John Kostrzewa describes the business community’s enthusiasm for the just-passed pension reform: There was a lot to celebrate because many of the 700 businessmen and women who attended the [Providence Chamber of Commerce] dinner had contributed their money, influence and […]