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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Legislative Antidotes to RhodeMapRI

Legislative Antidotes to RhodeMapRI

PROPERTY RIGHTS and MUNICIPAL SOVEREIGNTY ACT of 2015 The concepts of private property ownership and associated rights are considered core components of America’s free-enterprise system. It is also widely held that local government is the best government, as opposed to a one-size-fits all centr...

Center Launches New Interactive Tool to Compare RI to Other States on National Test Scores

Center Launches New Interactive Tool to Compare RI to Other States on National Test Scores

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 21, 2015 New Interactive Tool Compares RI to Other States on National Test Scores Allows comparison of student performance among various demographic groups! Center also publishes key findings analysis using the tool...

Education Analysis: RI and National Test Score Trends, Steam Runs Out on Reform

Education Analysis: RI and National Test Score Trends, Steam Runs Out on Reform

Judging by trends visible using the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity's online, interactive tool to compare scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests, Rhode Island's period of education reform produced some improvements, but they appear to have hit a political ceili...

BrightToday Campaign Launch – Media Release

BrightToday Campaign Launch – Media Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 12, 2015 Diverse Coalition Launches School Choice Campaign Center Publishes "The Case for Educational Choice" Only 29% would choose a government-run school Providence, RI -- With few options available for families of a...

The Case for Expanded Educational Choice in Rhode Island

The Case for Expanded Educational Choice in Rhode Island

Return to Ed Choice homepage here | Go to BrightToday.org website The Rhode Island public school system is failing far too many students and families. Collectively, our schools yield one of the lowest values in New England and the nation when it comes to educational performance as compared with p...

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, November 2014: RI’s Different Path

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, November 2014: RI’s Different Path

[Click here for the printable one-page PDF of this post.] The United States hit a milestone, in November, with the average state now claiming more employed residents than it had during its pre-recession peak.  Rhode Island, by contrast is headed in the other direction. According to the federa...

Truth In Numbers: RhodeMap RI Spends $0.00 on Economics

Truth In Numbers: RhodeMap RI Spends $0.00 on Economics

December 23, 2014 Providence, RI -- Precisely zero dollars were spent on actual economics by the RI Division of Planning in constructing its so-called economic development plan, RhodeMap RI, based on initial information provided by the state and published today by the RI Center for Freedom &...

Lessons from RhodeMap RI

Lessons from RhodeMap RI

GO TO HOME PAGE re. 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...

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,...



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