RI called 2nd most distressed state

A report to be released tomorrow, to be joined by a call for action by advocates, calls Rhode Island the second most economically distressed state in the nation.

From the RI Coalition for the Homeless:

When: Tuesday, July 1, 2:00 pm

Where: In front of the VFW Post, 416 Hunt Street, Central Falls


(1) New report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities ranks Rhode Island 2nd in the nation in economic distress. This news along with the fact that Rhode Island is 7th in the country for foreclosures and 9th in the county in unaffordability for renters, causes concern for the state’s economic future.

(2) Social service advocates, community groups, faith communities and others contend that the new budget, which goes into effect today, will only exasperate the problem. The group also asserts that despite the pledge by the legislature that the pain of this budget would be shared, it was not, with the majority of the cuts being passed on to the state’s most vulnerable residents.

(3) Hundreds attend rally to demand accountability to the citizens of our state, presenting alternatives to the current direction the Governor and Legislature has presented.

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