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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The Math of  Educational Choice:

The Math of Educational Choice:

Introducing the RI-DIMES Fiscal Modeling Tool Empowering parents with greater choices when it comes to determining the best educational path for their children is not only supported by strong moral arguments, but can also lead to a net positive fiscal impact on the bottom line of public school dist...

STATEMENT: Serious Questions for House Oversight Committee Hearing on RhodeMap RI

STATEMENT: Serious Questions for House Oversight Committee Hearing on RhodeMap RI

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 9, 2015 Critical Questions About Controversial RhodeMap RI Plan Must Be Addressed How did a legitimate economic development plan request get hijacked and transformed into a radical social equity agenda? Providence, RI -- Critical questions must be asked and an...

To GOVERNOR’S MEDICAID WORKING GROUP: A Proven Policy Idea to Save Money

To GOVERNOR’S MEDICAID WORKING GROUP: A Proven Policy Idea to Save Money

A proven and bi-partisan cost saving measure that has produced significant savings in other states has been recommended to state officials by the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity and its national partner, the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA). It is well-known that fraud, abus...

POLICY BRIEF: Welfare Reform in Rhode Island

POLICY BRIEF: Welfare Reform in Rhode Island

POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS: In tandem with plans to realign the institutional incentives of Rhode Island’s welfare services, the RI Center for Freedom and Prosperity recommends the following specific reforms: Implement a cash diversion program for new enrollees. Thirty-three other states have such...

STATEMENT: Pension Settlement Leaves Critical Constitutionality Issue Unresolved

STATEMENT: Pension Settlement Leaves Critical Constitutionality Issue Unresolved

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 3, 2015 Pension Settlement Avoids Most Critial Issue Providence Journal Incorrectly Reports on Constitutionality Legality of Pension Reform Still an Open Question Providence, RI -- Regardless of the details of the ne...

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, February 2015: The Darker Way to Improve the Unemployment Rate

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, February 2015: The Darker Way to Improve the Unemployment Rate

[Click here for the printable one-page PDF of this post.] If Rhode Islanders haven’t completely tuned out reports about the state’s unemployment rate, they may have heard the triumphant call, this week, that not only has their state climbed out of the lonely pit in the bottom three of the nat...

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...



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