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Rhode Island ranks 9th worst in new economic outlook analysis

Rhode Island finished 42nd in a study by the website Rich States, Poor States that examined the 50 states’ economic outlooks based on 15 weighted policy measures.

Rhode Island ranks 11th worst on corporate tax study

Rhode Island finished 40th in a study by the Tax Foundation examining how well states have structured their corporate income tax systems in 2020.

Rhode Island not among the 36 states with major tax changes in 2020

Rhode Island was not included in a new analysis from the Tax Foundation identifying 36 states that have major changes to their tax codes taking effect this year.

Rhode Island job growth this year projected at 0.8%

Job growth in Rhode Island is expected to reach 0.8 percent by the end of 2020, down from the state's 2019 job growth of 1.3 percent, according to a new study by Kiplinger that assessed state economic outlooks.

Rhode Island lacks adequate funds to weather moderate recession

Rhode Island would lack adequate revenues to manage a moderate economic downturn without raising taxes or cutting services, according to a new analysis from Moody’s Analytics.

Rhode Island ranks 39th in annual tax climate ranking

Rhode Island finished 39th in a new study by the Tax Foundation showing which states are best at structuring their tax systems

University president is highest-paid public employee in Rhode Island

David M. Dooley, president of the University of Rhode Island, earned $380,000 in 2018, making Dooley the highest-paid public employee in Rhode Island last year, according to a ranking by the website GOBankingRates.

Funding for arts agencies in Rhode Island to reach $2.1 million in FY2020

Legislative appropriations for Rhode Island arts agencies are projected to reach $2.1 million for fiscal year 2020, which equates to $1.97 per capita in the state, according to a report from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA).

Rhode Island levies a total tax on lodging of 12%

Hotel room bills in Rhode Island tack on a total state lodging tax of 12 percent, the fifth highest lodging tax rate in the nation, according to a study by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

No counties in Rhode Island are now 2nd Amendment sanctuaries

No counties in the state are now under a Second Amendment sanctuary law or ordinance, according to updates from the website Gunrightswatch.com and media reports.

368 borrowers in Rhode Island filed for student loan forgiveness in 2nd quarter

Borrowers in Rhode Island who sought forgiveness of their student loans in the second quarter of 2019 numbered 368, according to a new state-by-state analysis by the U.S. Department of Education.

$400.1 million in federal research dollars flowed to Rhode Island in FY 2018

Federal agency research dollars going to Rhode Island totaled $400.1 million in fiscal year 2018, according to a new analysis by the Research!America alliance.

Rhode Island received more than $872,000 in public broadcasting funds last year

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting allocated $872,506 in fiscal-year 2018 to support public television and radio in Rhode Island, the second lowest amount among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, CPB reported.

Rhode Island 2-year college students pay $4,560 in tuition and fees

Rhode Island two-year colleges charged students $4,560 in tuition and fees during the 2018-19 academic year, the 29th lowest cost among 49 states examined, the College Board said in a new report.

2 U.S. House members from Rhode Island make $174,000 annually

Each of the two U.S. House of Representatives members representing Rhode Island draws an annual salary of $174,000, according to the Congressional Research Service.

Rhode Island 4-year university tuitions jumped 62.5% over 15 years

Rhode Island four-year public university tuition and fees went from $8,037 in 2004-05 to $13,060 in 2019-20, the 17th largest increase among the 50 states and the District of Columbia, the College Board said in a new report.

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.

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