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Provides a guide for identifying characteristics, contributions, and needs of immigrant populations. Discusses national immigration trends, and addresses public policy questions. Includes a profile of the immigrant population in Providence, Rhode Island.
Economic Opportunity Institute;
A fact sheet that answers specific questions about how state Temporary Disability Programs in CA, HI, NJ, NY, RI and Puerto Rico can provide paid leave for expectant mothers.
This brief incorporates findings from the P/PV reportInvesting in Low-Wage Workers: Lessons from Family Child Care in Rhode Island; it also relies on interviews with advocates and providers in Rhode Island, as well as experts around the country. The brief argues that investments in family child care providers reaped big rewards in Rhode Island -- for providers and, by extension, the children they serve. Increases in reimbursement rates boosted the availability of subsidized child care, raised average incomes in the field and lifted many workers out of poverty. Other states may benefit from an examination of the Rhode Island experience, as they consider strategies to improve family day care (and other employment sectors).
Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest);
This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by The Rhode Island Community Food Bank. The information is drawn from a national study, Hunger in America 2010, conducted in 2009 for Feeding America (FA) (formerly America's Second Harvest), the nation's largest organization of emergency food providers. The national study is based on completed in-person interviews with more than 62,000 clients served by the FA national network, as well as on completed questionnaires from more than 37,000 FA agencies. The study summarized below focuses on emergency food providers and their clients who are supplied with food by food banks in the FA network.
The FA system served by The Rhode Island Community Food Bank provides emergency food for an estimated 103,000 different people annually.33% of the members of households served by The Rhode Island Community Food Bank are children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2).32% of households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).Among households with children, 80% are food insecure and 29% are food insecure with very low food security (Table 188.8.131.52).43% of clients served by The Rhode Island Community Food Bank report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel (Table 6.5.1).32% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care (Table 6.5.1).25% of households served by The Rhode Island Community Food Bank report having at least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)The Rhode Island Community Food Bank included approximately 288 agencies at the administration of this survey, of which 250 have responded to the agency survey. Of the responding agencies, 138 had at least one food pantry, soup kitchen, or shelter.59% of pantries, 60% of kitchens, and 0% of shelters are run by faith-based agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious organizations (Table 10.6.1).Among programs that existed in 2006, 85% of pantries, 77% of kitchens, and 34% of shelters of The Rhode Island Community Food Bank reported that there had been an increase since 2006 in the number of clients who come to their emergency food program sites (Table 10.8.1).Food banks are by far the single most important source of food for agencies with emergency food providers, accounting for 74% of the food distributed by pantries, 33% of the food distributed by kitchens, and 37% of the food distributed by shelters (Table 13.1.1).As many as 92% of pantries, 91% of kitchens, and 77% of shelters in The Rhode Island Community Food Bank use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).
Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED);
The Assets & Opportunity Scorecard is a comprehensive look at Americans' financial security today and their opportunities to create a more prosperous future. It assesses the 50 states and the District of Columbia on 130 outcome and policy measures, which describe how well residents are faring and what states are doing to help them build and protect assets. The Scorecard enables states to benchmark their outcomes and policies against other states in five issue areas: Financial Assets & Income, Businesses & Jobs, Housing & Homeownership, Health Care, and Education.
Reviews the status of and current practices in statewide standards-based arts assessment for K-12 education accountability. Examines the approaches and criteria of several models of large-scale arts assessment and five states' assessment programs.
Analyzes Rhode Island's use of state health insurance regulatory authority to promote healthcare reform, including improved accessibility, quality, and affordability. Outlines the rationale for and process of developing standards and the expected impact.
Assesses Rhode Island's progress in implementing the 2010 federal healthcare reform, including earlier reforms that facilitate Medicaid expansion, advances in establishing a health insurance exchange, and efforts to pass private market reform legislation.
Clean Air-Cool Planet;
Examines the needs of states, regional planning commissions, and local governments in mitigating climate change effects, including technical, communications, and financial assistance, as well as the need to coordinate, collaborate, and share resources.
Laura and John Arnold Foundation;
State and municipal pension systems are in financial trouble. According to a 2012 Pew Center on the States report, state pension plans estimate that they were collectively $757 billion short of the funding needed to meet the pension promises that had, as of that publication, been made to public employees. Moreover, that figure depends on a risky set of assumptions (e.g., expected rate of return and life expectancy) and may be considerably larger if reality does not match the predictions made by each system. Estimates produced using more conservative assumptions, similar to those used for private sector pensions, approximately double the shortfall.
Regardless of the exact size of projected deficits, rising annual pension costs have already spurred financial distress in many jurisdictions. For instance, Central Falls, Rhode Island, recently declared municipal bankruptcy because of unaffordable pension costs. In Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has pointed out that the city faces $20 billion in unfunded liabilities and will soon spend a staggering $1.2 billion per year solely on pension costs, or roughly 22 percent of Chicago's entire budget. As Mayor Emanuel stated, "Our taxpayers cannot afford to choose between pensions and police officers, or pensions and paved streets."
In light of looming deficits, states and municipalities across the country are taking steps to reform their pension systems. While some reforms are relatively modest, a few jurisdictions have enacted comprehensive reforms that aim to solve their pension problems permanently. Enacted reforms generally have addressed the following: cost-of-living adjustments, increases in retirement age and contribution rates, and establishment of defined contribution, cash balance and hybrid plans.