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 competitiveness, 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.


 

RECENT POSTS

Statement: RI Budget’s New Tourism Tax Likely to Fail

Statement: RI Budget’s New Tourism Tax Likely to Fail

STATEMENT July 1, 2015 Promoting Tourism by Taxing Tourism is Misguided, Unenforceable Will Seek Repeal of "Killing the Golden Goose" Provision Providence, RI -- With the FY-2016 budget now law in the Ocean State, one of its most under-reported and counter-productive provisions is a new to...

Statement: SCOTUS Decision, Massive Rate Hike Should Doom HealthSource RI

Statement: SCOTUS Decision, Massive Rate Hike Should Doom HealthSource RI

STATEMENT June 26, 2015 FY2016 Should be Last Year of Continued Taxpayer and Ratepayer Subsidies for Failed Boondoggle Exchange Can be More Efficiently Operated by the Federal Government Providence, RI -- Based on yesterday's U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA),...

Statement: Center Applauds House for Taking 1st Step in Mitigating RhodeMap RI Mandates

Statement: Center Applauds House for Taking 1st Step in Mitigating RhodeMap RI Mandates

STATEMENT June 25, 2015 H6040A Seeks to Protect Localities from Mandated Zoning Changes Senate and Administration Urged to Follow Suit Providence, RI -- The nonpartisan RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity applauds the RI House of Representatives for responding to the concerns of Rhode I...

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, May 2015: Hockey Sticks and Cliff Jumping

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, May 2015: Hockey Sticks and Cliff Jumping

[Click here for the printable one-page PDF of this post.] The headline news is that Rhode Island’s unemployment rate dipped below 6% in May for the first time since November 2007, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). For some perspective, a fifth grader grinding out the sp...

Freedom Index “Live” Update: Zero Legislators Now with Positive Score; Overall GA Index Falls to (-79)

Freedom Index “Live” Update: Zero Legislators Now with Positive Score; Overall GA Index Falls to (-79)

Freedom Index "Live" Update Zero Legislators Now with Positive Score; Overall GA Index Falls to (-79) Providence, RI -- Individual legislator voting scores and the overall legislative direction of the General Assembly took a precipitous fall last week, according to an interactive scorecard, upd...

Statement: Open And Contentious Debate Being Stifled By The Status Quo

Statement: Open And Contentious Debate Being Stifled By The Status Quo

STATEMENT June 17, 2015 Open And Contentious Debate Being Stifled By the Status Quo Budget The Culmination Of Months Of Back-Room Negotiations And Special Deals The floor session addressing the state's budget in the Rhode Island House of Representatives was short, pervasively unanimous, an...

STATEMENT: Childcare Subsidies Will Enrich Labor Unions

STATEMENT: Childcare Subsidies Will Enrich Labor Unions

STATEMENT June 16, 2015 Childcare Subsidies Will Enrich Labor Unions Non-transparent process leads to added taxpayer burden As the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity predicted in 2013, the non-transparent process surrounding union negotiations for childcare subsidies will enric...

2015 Legislator Scorecard Update; Only 12 Legislators with Positive Scores

2015 Legislator Scorecard Update; Only 12 Legislators with Positive Scores

Freedom Index "Live" Update Only 12 lawmakers earn positive scores; Overall GA Index at (-56)   Providence, RI -- As 2015 bills receive floor votes, an updated interactive scorecard of legislator voting records can be viewed live online, published by the nonpartisan RI Center for Freedom...

BREAKING: National Media, Federal Lawmakers Support Center’s Research on RhodeMap RI; HUD “Bribes”

BREAKING: National Media, Federal Lawmakers Support Center’s Research on RhodeMap RI; HUD “Bribes”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 12, 2015 National Figures Express Same Concerns as the Center HUD Plans to "Bribe" Local Communities into Change Zoning Laws Constitutionality Questioned Providence, RI -- Fox News and other national media outlets are now reporting on the federal agenda to "bri...

STATEMENT: General Assembly Budget – More of the Same

STATEMENT: General Assembly Budget – More of the Same

STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 10, 2015 2016 Budget Has No Broad-based Reforms No Game Changing Economic Ideas Continued Special-Interest Spending Providence, RI -- The General Assembly's proposed FY-2016 budget plan, consistent with recent annual budgets, and despite the positi...



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