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Rhode Island legislators make base salary of $15,959 per year

State lawmakers in Rhode Island now draw a base salary of $15,959 per year, in addition to travel outlays of 54.5 cents per mile, according to a recent study by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Rhode Island community college tuitions jumped 50.2% over 15 years

Rhode Island two-year college tuition and fees at public institutions went from $3,129 in 2004-05 to $4,700 in 2019-20, the 16th largest increase among 49 states studied, the College Board said in a new report.

Rhode Island governor makes annual salary of $145,755

The governor of Rhode Island now draws a yearly salary of $145,755, the 26th highest salary among the governors of the 50 states, according to recently reported financial data and media reports.

NEA estimates Rhode Island K-12 schools spent $2.6 billion in 2018-19

Public schools in Rhode Island spent an estimated $2.6 billion during the 2018-19 academic year, a 1 percent increase in expenditures over the previous year, according to a National Education Association report.

Rhode Island children in foster care numbered 2,003 last year

The number of youths in foster care in Rhode Island at the end of fiscal year 2018 stood at 2,003, an 8.5 percent increase over the previous fiscal year, according to newly released data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

43 jurisdictions, including Rhode Island, require sales tax collections for online purchases

Rhode Island is among the jurisdictions where sales tax collections are required for out-of-state purchases in the wake of the South Dakota v. Wayfair Supreme Court decision last year, according to an analysis by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

Whitehouse's op-ed on modernizing HIPAA still relevant 17 years later

Seventeen years ago, U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) published an op-ed on his website stressing the need for an advanced and more modern Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). As technology continues to evolve and more health care data is becoming susceptible to being stolen and leaked, Whitehouse's article is more relevant than ever.

Rhode Island K-12 schools paid out $17,289 per student in 2017-18, NEA reports

Public schools in Rhode Island spent $17,289 per student based on average daily attendance (ADA) figures, the 10th highest expenditure level among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to a National Education Association report.

10.1% of Rhode Island residents live in poverty, Census Bureau finds

Rhode Island residents living below the poverty line in 2017-18 made up 10.1 percent of the state’s population, the 37th highest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to new Census Bureau data.

Rhode Island offers 43 incentives for energy efficiencies, renewables

Policies and incentives promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency in Rhode Island number 43, the 36th highest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to data analyzed in a federally funded database.

Rhode Island schools get 53% of their funds from local taxes, NEA reports

Fifty-three percent of Rhode Island public education funding comes from local tax revenues, the 13th highest level among the 50 states, according to data from the National Education Association.

2nd-quarter state tax collections in Rhode Island reach $1.1 billion, Census Bureau reports

State tax revenues in Rhode Island amount to $1.1 billion in the second quarter of 2019, the sixth lowest tally among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

2017-18 teacher pay in Rhode Island averaged $66,758

Teachers’ salaries in Rhode Island averaged $66,758 for the 2017-2018 school year, the 10th highest rank among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, according to data analyzed by the National Education Association (NEA).

1st-quarter state tax collections in Rhode Island reach $777 million, Census Bureau reports

State tax revenues in Rhode Island amount to $777 million in the first quarter of 2019, the sixth lowest tally among the 50 states and Washington, D.C., according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Rhode Island's public pensions are 76.3 percent government funded

Taxpayer contributions to Rhode Island’s public pension funds in 2018 amounted to 76.3 percent of the total, the 19th highest ratio among the 50 states, according to newly released data by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Total state tax collections in Rhode Island reach $3.3 billion, Census Bureau reports

State tax revenues in Rhode Island amount to $3.3 billion, the seventh lowest tally among the 50 states, according to newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Providence-Warwick’s concentrated poverty rate is the highest in Rhode Island

The Providence-Warwick metro area’s share of extreme poverty – neighborhoods where at least 40 percent of residents live below the poverty level – is the highest in Rhode Island, according to a new analysis from the website 24/7 Wall St.

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