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The Impact on Rhode Island’s Budget of Allowing Same-Sex Couples to Marry

  • Author(s): Herman, Jody L.
  • Konnoth, Craig J.
  • Badgett, M.V. Lee
  • et al.

This analysis estimates the impact on Rhode Island’s state budget of introducing marriage rights for same-sex couples. Using the best data available, we estimate that a measure recognizing marriage between same-sex partners will garner the State $1.2 million in 2010 dollars over the three years following the measure. The benefits accrued will change every year, as the number of married same-sex couples each year will change. The State will gain approximately $358,000 in the first year after offering these rights (Year 1), $416,000 in the second year (Year 2), and $421,000 in the third year (Year 3). This net impact will be the result of savings in expenditures on state means-tested public benefit programs and an increase in state marriage license fees and income and sales tax revenue.

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