OUR MISSION: Imagine Rhode Island ... where families, businesses, and shoppers flow into our state instead of out. Imagine a re-invigorated economy, jobs, a world-class educational system, and a return to statewide prosperity. We believe in the power of free markets and the capacity of free people to transform lives.  However excessive government spending, taxation, and regulation limit our opportunities. We advance policies that increase your freedom to fulfill your own hopes and dreams.

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, 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....

Center Submits Letter Opposing RhodeMapRI Scheme

Center Submits Letter Opposing RhodeMapRI Scheme

Download PDF of letter here ... See related Stenhouse OpEd here ...   ...

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, September 2014: What RI Worry?

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, September 2014: What RI Worry?

Rhode Island was one of only 14 states to lose employment in September, according to data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Unemployment in the Ocean State fell to its lowest level since June 2008 (7.6%), but the "improvement" of that metric continues to result from the fact that...

Delegation from Warren Ranks Last in Freedom Index

Delegation from Warren Ranks Last in Freedom Index

Go to Freedom Index Home page Warren Last, East Greenwich First In 2013-14 Freedom Index Rankings Based on the Freedom Index scores of the General Assembly delegations from each of the 39 cities and towns in Rhode Island, Representatives and Senators from the town of Warren, as a group, scored t...

Our land, our rights, our local government

Our land, our rights, our local government

Originally published in the Providence Journal, October 20, 2014 -   Read Governor Chafee's OpEd Response - Center/Stenhouse Response   - Related Media Release See public comment letter submitted by the Center  The American Dream once meant ownership of land and a home, with a white...

RI General Assembly 2014 Session Freedom Index

RI General Assembly 2014 Session Freedom Index

Download: Freedom Index 2014 Scorecard; legislator votes, bill explanations, and rankings Go to main Freedom Index page. 2014 Freedom Index Fin...

2014 Legislative Scorecard

2014 Legislative Scorecard

See how your Representative or Senator ranked in our 2014 General Assembly Freedom Index, as the state's public policy continues to drift away from the principles of the free enterprise system. Se...

POLL: Why Rhode Islanders Want a Constitutional Convention

POLL: Why Rhode Islanders Want a Constitutional Convention

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