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Rhode Island earns grade of D for manufacturing health

Rhode Island received a grade of D on a scorecard developed by Ball State University to gauge the health of each state’s manufacturing sector.

Newport County’s $3,359-per-month cost of living is the highest in Rhode Island

Residents of Newport County need to make $3,359 every month to maintain a modest standard of living, making it the most expensive place to live in Rhode Island.

Rhode Island’s public pensions are 82.7% government funded

Taxpayer contributions to Rhode Island’s public pension funds in 2017 amounted to 82.7 percent of the total, the fifth highest ratio among the 50 states, according to newly released data by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Rhode Island disabled veterans still awaiting action on home loan fee refunds

Despite facing a July 31 target deadline, the Veterans Benefits Administration has yet to provide refunds to tens of thousands of disabled veterans who were erroneously charged home loan funding fees.

Average student loan debt for graduates in Rhode Island is $35,371, study finds

College graduates in Rhode Island have an average debt burden of $35,371, according to a study by the website 24/7 Wall St. examining average student loan debt in the 50 states.

Income taxes make up 21% of total state, local levies in Rhode Island, study finds

State income tax revenues in Rhode Island represent 21 percent of its total state and local levies, according to a new study by the Tax Foundation.

Rhode Island scores 70.5 out of 100 in litigation climate survey

Rhode Island earned a score of 70.5 out of 100 in a new ranking of state litigation climates released Wednesday by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform.

Rhode Island ranks 19th lowest in state, local government GDP, study finds

Rhode Island finished 19th lowest in the size of its state and local government operations, based on their share of the state’s gross domestic product, according to a 24/7 Wall St. analysis.

Rhode Island pension plans are 54% funded, study finds

The funded ratio of the Rhode Island public pension plans stands at 54%, according to a new analysis from the Tax Foundation based on fiscal-year 2017 data.

Providence rated least livable among Rhode Island counties, study finds

Providence was ranked Rhode Island’s worst county to live in, according to a Wall St. 24/7 analysis of regions with the poorest quality of life within all 50 states.

Rhode Island ranks 29th highest on distilled spirits taxes

The state distilled spirits excise taxes in Rhode Island ranked 29th in the nation, according to a new analysis from the Tax Foundation based on January 2019 data.

$355,143 in annual income gets you into Rhode Island’s top 1% club, study finds

Bring in at least $355,143 in yearly income, and you’ll be among the top 1 percent of earners in Rhode Island, according to a Wall St. 24/7 analysis of the ultra wealthy in every state.

Rhode Island ranks 12th highest on wine taxes, study finds

The state wine excise taxes in Rhode Island ranked 12th in the nation, according to a new analysis from the Tax Foundation based on January 2019 data.

Rhode Island ranks 24th highest on state and local sales taxes, study finds

The combined state and average local sales taxes in Rhode Island ranked in a tie for 24th in the nation, according to a new analysis from the Tax Foundation based on July 2019 data.

Rhode Island ranks 41st highest on beer taxes, study finds

The state beer excise taxes in Rhode Island ranked 41st in the nation, according to a new analysis from the Tax Foundation based on January 2019 data.

Rhode Island has 28th highest identity theft rate among the 50 states, study finds

Rhode Island finished in a tie for 28th in a ranking by the website 24/7 Wall St. of identity theft rates across the nation.

By the Numbers: Rhode Island not among the 17 jurisdictions with vaping taxes

Seventeen jurisdictions in the nation have some form of vapor product excise tax, according to a new Tax Foundation analysis.

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