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Reducing the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is vital to mitigate climate change. To date reduction efforts have primarily focused on minimizing the production of carbon dioxide during electricity generation, transport, and other activities. Going forward, to the extent that carbon dioxide continues to be produced, it will need to be captured before release. Research is currently being undertaken into the possibility of injecting carbon dioxide into the seabed. One study aims to identify possible injection sites in the seabed along the northeast coast of the U.S. It is anticipated that, following identification of suitable sites, a demonstration project will be undertaken to assess the feasibility of offshore CCS. This paper outlines key regulatory requirements for the demonstration project and any subsequent commercial operations.
This factsheet investigates the state of black families in Rhode Island. Rhode Island's black population is growing, but their wages remain low and their unemployment rate is high. They also find Black Rhode Islanders are have faced lower educational attainment and high rates of incarciration.
This report investigates the state of black families in Rhode Island. Rhode island's black population increasingly grows and are heavily concentrated geographically. Black unemployment is high and wage is low and flat for a long period. The Black poverty rate is high; they are less educated. Black homeownership rate is low; level of poisoning is high; and arrest rates are high.
Income inequality has grown in recent decades in both the country and Rhode Island. The state should make taxes more equal, eliminate costly tax breaks, broaden the sales tax base, enact earned income tax credits, and maintain overall tax system to pay for infrastructure and education.
Rhode island's poverty rate is high and communities of color were more likely to be poor than Whites. Rhode Island's median income is higher than the national average. The strategy that helps the workers of color is to increase minimum wage.
This fact sheet investigates the RI works program which is a state safety net program that provides cash assistance to low-income families. Families who receive such support are most likely to be lead by a single parent or have child and living in poverty.
Economic insecurity is the root of many of the problems women and girls face in Rhode Island. Federal and state governments can help promote women’s economic security by implementing policies that promote equality and adequate earnings in the workplace and investing in programs that help families make ends meet. This report reviews the status of subsidized childcare and provides information about two professions where women comprise the majority of the workforce: childcare and caregiving. This report also looks at the state investment in Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), RI Works cash assistance and health insurance. The report finds that there have been some progress in strengthening these programs, but much more to be done. The path to women’s economic security requires policies that promote equality and adequate earnings in the workplace and investments in programs that help families.
This report reviews the findings of a survey on initiatives and best practices that advance women conducted with 22 of the largest non-profit and for-profit businesses in Rhode Island. The report and survey also examine obstacles or other challenges to advancing women into leadership. The purpose is to understand the strengths and challenges in the Rhode Island business community and explore the strategies and initiatives that can be used to advance women in the workplace and promote empowerment. The advancement of women is a well-documented case for how to improve business and thus the overall economy of a state or municipality.
This report highlights both quantitative and qualitative data from older women in Rhode Island. Going beyond the numbers to complete the portrait, the report intermingles qualitative information gathered from conversations with older women, revealing how they see their situation, their needs, their concerns, how they feel about their future, and their hopes for the next generation. The conversations took place during four focus groups: one with residents of an elderly housing complex, one with older and near-old women with a background of community/political activism, one with a group of older women from a large senior center, and one with residents of a retirement community that includes both independent and assisted living programs. In addition, three women in their 90’s were interviewed separately. The report details the current state of demographics, economic security, health status, health care access, community engagement, and safety and security of older women in Rhode Island.
The Rhode Island Women’s Well-Being Index provides a comprehensive, composite measure of how women are faring, broken down by city/town and county where data is available. The data and indicators used are a compilation of each dimension's policy briefs and show the latest statewide data for each dimension and rank cities/towns or counties. Included in this data are indicators of economic security, employment, health, personal safety, and political empowerment. Taken together, this data leads to policy recommendations for each of the preceding data categories that work to alleviate the major impediments or issues facing Rhode Island women. Some policy recommendations include election reform, domestic violence legislation, as well as health care reform, among other policy recommendations.