MISSION & VISION: Our mission is to return government to the people by opposing special interest public policy and advancing proven free-market solutions that can transform lives through economic competiveness, educational opportunity and individual freedom. Our vision is to see Rhode Island as a destination of choice to raise a family and build a career, with a thriving business climate, abundant jobs, and a world-class education system.


STATE THINK TANK: As the only free-enterprise public policy “think tank” in the state, our Center for Freedom provides timely research and analysis on important issues in RI, and is a proud member of the State Policy Network, working closely with over 60 other state-based affiliates.

CHANGING LIVES: Our plan is to relentlessly promote free-market solutions to solve the critical economic and educational issues we face at the state and local levels, so as to return prosperity to our Rhode Island citizens … and to transform lives for the better!

COALITION BUILDING: Our Center hosts regular meetings attended by key reform and taxpayer advocacy groups in the state. These meetings provide an important forum where information is shared and where concepts for cooperative outreach and grassroots advocacy are hatched.


 

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Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, January 2015: After Revision, Still in Decline

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, January 2015: After Revision, Still in Decline

[Click here for the printable one-page PDF of this post.] The headline that people invested in Rhode Island’s status quo would like to see, based on the latest employment numbers for the state, is that the unemployment rate is now 6.5% — the best since early 2008 and fully eight slots from wo...

COMMENTARY: State Property Tax Proposal Right out of RHODEMAP RI Playbook

COMMENTARY: State Property Tax Proposal Right out of RHODEMAP RI Playbook

By Mike Stenhouse We warned you about RhodeMap RI. While Gov. Gina Raimondo's proposed new statewide property tax has already inspired arguments among various constituent groups, there are much larger, more fundamental issues to be concerned about. Disguised as a wealth tax, the “Taylor Swift...

Center Issues Statement on Governor’s Proposed Healthcare Tax

Center Issues Statement on Governor’s Proposed Healthcare Tax

Summary: Explanations by the Raimondo administration about the Governor's proposed surcharge on health insurance premiums appear to be misleading. The truth about the new tax expose four major concerns about how it is NOT comparable to the would-be federal exchange tax.   FOR IMMEDIATE RE...

CENTER’s STATEMENT on GOVERNOR’s 2016 BUDGET PLAN

CENTER’s STATEMENT on GOVERNOR’s 2016 BUDGET PLAN

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 13, 2015 2016 Proposed Budget Does Not Address Major Problems No Game Changing Economic Ideas Does Not Address Long Term Structural Deficits Continued Special-Interest Spending Providence, RI -- Governor Gina Raimondo's proposed FY-2016 budget plan provides no ga...

Governor’s Minimum Wage Policy Based on Untruths; Union Connection?

Governor’s Minimum Wage Policy Based on Untruths; Union Connection?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 9, 2015 Tweet// Minimum Wage Hike Does Not Mostly Benefit Low Income Families  Most RI minimum wage workers were white, middle-class. Only 14% were sole family income earners. Providence, RI -- Governo...

Policy Brief: 2015 Educational Choice Legislation

Policy Brief: 2015 Educational Choice Legislation

Watch the full legislative press c...

Center to Participate in Legislative Press Conference on School Choice Legislation

Center to Participate in Legislative Press Conference on School Choice Legislation

MEDIA ADVISORY March 2, 2015 Center to Participate in Wednesday's Legislative Press Conference on School Choice Legislation To Release Policy Brief Describing the Bright Today Scholarship Bill Tweet// Providence, RI -- The Rhode Island Center for Freedo...

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, December 2014: With Revision Looming, the Job Market Erodes

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, December 2014: With Revision Looming, the Job Market Erodes

[Click here for the printable one-page PDF of this post.] Labor force and employment numbers from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) are due for their annual revision, soon, and there’s reason to believe Rhode Island will see its 2014 lose some of its rosey sheen. However, even before...

RI Already an Example of Parental Choice of Schools

RI Already an Example of Parental Choice of Schools

Rhode Island parents want school choice! They prove it answering polls, and they prove it in their behavior. Strong majorities — of 56% and higher — favor policies...

“School Choice Rabbi” to Speak at State House Event

“School Choice Rabbi” to Speak at State House Event

MEDIA ADVISORY January 28, 2015 Legislative Reception to Feature Speech by Nationally Renowned Educational Choice Rabbi State House to be Illuminated in Yellow Center to Man Exhibit Table and Release New Report Providence, RI -- Rhode Island Familie...



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