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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Lessons from RhodeMap RI

Lessons from RhodeMap RI

This commentary originally appeared in the Providence Journal on December 19, 2014: Will the recently adopted RhodeMap RI plan collect dust on a shelf, as Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello suggests? Or will it survive in some form to spawn various pieces of legislation, executive orders...

Statement by Center on RhodeMap RI Adoption

Statement by Center on RhodeMap RI Adoption

OFFICIAL STATEMENT: December 11, 2014 (2:30 PM) Council Moves Controversial Plan Forward Despite Overwhelming Public Opposition Unanimous Vote Indicates RhodeMap RI was pre-Ordained Insider Deal Providence, RI - "Today we saw the danger of un-elected bureaucrats, accountable to no one, becom...

RhodeMap RI Opens Door for Eminent Domain

RhodeMap RI Opens Door for Eminent Domain

With language that appears to have been custom-written for RhodeMap RI, a 2008 law, when combined with the controversial RhodeMap RI plan, may actually throw open the door for aggressive eminent domain property seizures by the government in order to construct "growth centers" as the plan envisions,...

The SF Bay Area Example: RhodeMap RI could lead to Demolished Local Neighborhoods

The SF Bay Area Example: RhodeMap RI could lead to Demolished Local Neighborhoods

SF Bay Area Region: Existing neighborhoods, including 169,000 homes, to be demolished Supporters of the controversial RhodeMap RI plan claim that there’s nothing in the plan to give local residents and elected officials any concern about a potential loss of their property rights or an erosion of...

RhodeMap RI Statements from Mayor Allan Fung and state Senator, Marc Cote

RhodeMap RI Statements from Mayor Allan Fung and state Senator, Marc Cote

November 19, 2014: Cranston Mayor Allan Fung submits letter to RI Division of Planning recommending RhodeMap RI plan not be adopted (See the Mayor's official letter here) Excerpts: "I share some of the same concerns ... expressed by the RI Public Expenditure Council ... Thus, I would ask th...

RhodeMap RI: Center Responds to Grow Smart RI Misinformation

RhodeMap RI: Center Responds to Grow Smart RI Misinformation

Recently, one of the members of the RhodeMap RI consortium, Grow Smart RI (GSRI), issued a statement to counter the heavy public criticism that the RhodeMap RI plan has received in recent weeks from across the state. It should first be noted, that as RhodeMap RI itself is an outgrowth of a nation...

Analysis: RhodeMap RI would further weaken Ocean State’s struggling economy

Analysis: RhodeMap RI would further weaken Ocean State’s struggling economy

Go to Property Rights / RhodeMapRI home page ...  Our Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity, URI Professor Len Lardaro, the RI Public Expenditure Council, Mayor Allan Fung, and many other organizations have been critical of the proposed RhodeMap RI economic development plan for its fu...

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, October 2014: Flatlining and Worse

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, October 2014: Flatlining and Worse

The commentary coming out of Rhode Island's monthly employment data for October has generally been about the mixed results.  Employment (people who tell interviewers that they are working) was up 1,124 people from September, but the labor force (people telling interviewers that they are working or...

Heavy-handed HUD in Westchester NY

Heavy-handed HUD in Westchester NY

Requiring that it "acknowledge its legal duty " to HUD's housing requirements and "amend its zoning" for county municipalities, the County of Westchester New York is a harbinger for oppressive federal mandates that could be imposed on state and local lawmakers if the controversial RhodeMapRI plan is...

Property Tax Increases Inherent in RhodeMapRI

Property Tax Increases Inherent in RhodeMapRI

The controversial RhodeMapRI scheme that "plans" where people must live includes "growth centers" that will be funded by property tax increases. How bureaucrats intend to manipulate property taxes to reward people who live where HUD wants, and to punish those of us who want to live where we choose....



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