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!

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P3 PayGo Testimony, House Finance 2/4/16

P3 PayGo Testimony, House Finance 2/4/16

Transcript: Good evening. My name is Justin Katz.  I’m the research director for the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity. The amazing thing about infrastructure, and this whole issue, is that we’ve got roads that need repair, we’ve got workers who want to repair them, w...

STATEMENT: Governor Raimondo’s 2017 Budget Shows Special Interests on the Rise

STATEMENT: Governor Raimondo’s 2017 Budget Shows Special Interests on the Rise

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 3, 2016 2017 Proposed Budget Puts Priority on Government Favors Everyday Rhode Islander becomes second class More spending, more revenue, and more debt Puts RI in the hands of Washington, D.C., priorities Providence, RI -- Anyone who thought Rhode Isl...

Mike Stenhouse: Brookings’ trickle-down socialism

Mike Stenhouse: Brookings’ trickle-down socialism

(Originally published in the Providence Journal on Jan. 26, 2016) The Brookings Institution report released by Gov. Gina Raimondo last week is just more of the same - a failed public policy approach and a continuation of the RhodeMap RI plan that advances a radical federal agenda. For years, the...

STATEMENT: P3 Legislation Applauded as More Efficient Delivery Model for Infrastructure Upgrades

STATEMENT: P3 Legislation Applauded as More Efficient Delivery Model for Infrastructure Upgrades

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 28, 2016 Representative Jared Nunes Responds to Governor's Call P3 would ensure cost-certainty for taxpayers & drivers, potentially reduce costs and delivery time Providence, RI -- The Governor has repeatedly asked for ideas that could more efficient...

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, December 2015: Late 2015 Shed Much of Early 2015’s Gains

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, December 2015: Late 2015 Shed Much of Early 2015’s Gains

[Click here for the printable one-page PDF of this post.] With the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s (BLS’s) release of preliminary December employment data for Rhode Island and the country, a sense of the year (and the likely revisions forthcoming) comes into focus. In December, Rhode Island’s...

New Report Cautions Lawmakers; Reversing Education Reform Harms RI Student Achievement, Especially the Disadvantaged

New Report Cautions Lawmakers; Reversing Education Reform Harms RI Student Achievement, Especially the Disadvantaged

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 27, 2016 National Test Scores for RI Students Decreased Following Chafee Halt to Education Reform Disadvantaged Students Suffered Most Lawmakers cautioned not to make same mistake with charter schools and Educational Scholarship Accounts Providence, RI -- It...

Rhode Island NAEP in Context: Improvement Hit Ceiling in 2011

Rhode Island NAEP in Context: Improvement Hit Ceiling in 2011

HALT IN EDUCATION REFORM PRODUCED DROP IN STUDENT TEST SCORES. Every two years, the National Center for Education Statistics releases state-level results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) test. Since 2001, the federal government has required all states receiving Title I fun...

Center’s Scholarship Legislation Part of Thursday’s State House Celebration of National School Choice Week

Center’s Scholarship Legislation Part of Thursday’s State House Celebration of National School Choice Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 25, 2016 Center Supports "All of the Above" Approach to Empowering Families with more Choices for Students Will promote "Bright Today Educational Scholarship" legislation, now in its second year Providence, RI -- It's National School Choice Week across America...

STATEMENT: Brookings Report – Corporate Welfare Spending Looks Like Greenhouse Compact Two

STATEMENT: Brookings Report – Corporate Welfare Spending Looks Like Greenhouse Compact Two

STATEMENT January 19, 2016 Brookings Recommendations Do Little To Advance Equal Opportunity for Most Families or Business Owners, While Dishing Out Corporate Welfare to the Insider Few Center to lead local-national task force to offer "UnLeash RI" alternative economic vision v. Brookings' "Gr...

STATEMENT: New IHS Study Supports Center’s Concerns – Have Lawmakers Received Inaccurate Toll Impact Projections?

STATEMENT: New IHS Study Supports Center’s Concerns – Have Lawmakers Received Inaccurate Toll Impact Projections?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 13, 2016 REMI: Questionable Economic Modeling Theory & Revenue Assumptions? Lawmakers Must Not Rely on Single Perspective, as Center Warned in September 2015 Providence, RI - Lawmakers may have received inaccurate information when it comes to the economic...

US SUPREME COURT & RI: Backgrounder Report on Right-To-Work Friedrichs & RI Case

US SUPREME COURT & RI: Backgrounder Report on Right-To-Work Friedrichs & RI Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 11, 2016 Center Urges U.S. Supreme Court to Protect First Amendment in Landmark Right-to-Work Case Friedrichs v. CTA decision to impact thousands of workers in RI by allowing them to opt-out of forced union fees Providence, RI -- Today, the U.S. Supreme Court w...

Friedrichs Vs. California Teachers Association

Friedrichs Vs. California Teachers Association

Mackinac Center for Public Policy Backgrounder by F. Vincent Vernuccio and Patrick Wright Download a PDF of the Full Backgrounder  What Is the Friedrichs Case? Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association et al. is a case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court filed by the Center for Individual...

RELEASE: 2015 General Assembly Scorecard & Freedom Index – Diminished Economic Justice

RELEASE: 2015 General Assembly Scorecard & Freedom Index – Diminished Economic Justice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 7, 2016 Despite Claims of Moving Forward, Lawmakers Pushed Ocean State Backward in 2015 Broad Based Reform & Repeal Strategy Can Help Provide Equal Opportunity for all Rhode Islanders Providence, RI -- With the 2016 legislative session open this week, lawm...

RI General Assembly 2015 Session Freedom Index

RI General Assembly 2015 Session Freedom Index

Download: Freedom Index 2015 Scorecard; legislator votes, bill explanations, and rankings Go to main Freedom Index page. 2015 Freedom...

STATEMENT: Senate 11 Election, State House Rally Prove Supporting Tolls is Political Suicide

STATEMENT: Senate 11 Election, State House Rally Prove Supporting Tolls is Political Suicide

STATEMENT January 6, 2016 Public Speaks Loud & Clear That Supporting Tolls is a Dangerous Road for Elected Officials Providence, RI -- At the same time yesterday that angered citizens were chanting "Stop Tolls Now" at a boisterous State House rally, citizens across the bay were similarly...

STATEMENT: Center Supports STOP TOLLS RI Rally. Concerns re. Big-Dig Type Cost Over-runs

STATEMENT: Center Supports STOP TOLLS RI Rally. Concerns re. Big-Dig Type Cost Over-runs

STATEMENT January 5, 2016 REDUCING PROJECT COSTS BEST WAY TO ELIMINATE NEED FOR TOLLS Providence, RI -- The ongoing dysfunction and history of inefficiency at the RI Department of Transportation (RI DOT) would likely lead to "Big Dig" level cost over-runs for the Governor's bridge and road up...

NOVEMBER JOBS SNAPSHOT: Lower Unemployment Rate Paints Inaccurate Picture

NOVEMBER JOBS SNAPSHOT: Lower Unemployment Rate Paints Inaccurate Picture

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 21, 2015 RI Unemployment Rate Again Paints False Picture Center to publish new Jobs & Opportunity Index in 2016 Providence, RI -- For the second month in a row, the November unemployment rate for Rhode Island appears to paint an incomplete and misleading...

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, November 2015: Expected Down Note as Last Report of the Year

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, November 2015: Expected Down Note as Last Report of the Year

[Click here for the printable one-page PDF of this post.] The trend that has come to define Rhode Island’s employment picture in 2015 (indeed, since the end of the recession) continued for the final Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report for the year. In November, Rhode Island’s unemployment...

Statement: Ocean State Jobs Picture Not As Rosy As It Seems

Statement: Ocean State Jobs Picture Not As Rosy As It Seems

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 25, 2015 RI Employment Picture Tainted by Dwindling Labor Force Center to publish new quarterly jobs index in 2016 Providence, RI -- The traditional monthly unemployment rate, widely reported by most news outlets, often paints an incomplete and misleading sna...

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, October 2015: Two Losses Don’t Make a Gain

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, October 2015: Two Losses Don’t Make a Gain

[Click here for the printable one-page PDF of this post.] For yet another month, Rhode Island’s unemployment rate dropped, from 5.4% in September, to 5.3% in September, according to data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). And for yet another month, that positive outcome resulted...

Center Receives Farm Bureau Award For Anti-RhodeMap RI Work

Center Receives Farm Bureau Award For Anti-RhodeMap RI Work

Center Feted for Raising Awareness about HUD & Federal Intrusion November 19, 2015, Alpine Country Club in Cranston, RI The RI Center for Freedom for Prosperity Accepts the RI Farm Bureau's 2015 Navigator Award The award recognized the Center "for being the faithful and undaunting watc...

STATEMENT: Poor PARCC Scores Demonstrate that RI Families Need More Choices

STATEMENT: Poor PARCC Scores Demonstrate that RI Families Need More Choices

STATEMENT November 17, 2015 One-Size-Fits-All Government Schools Not Adequately Preparing Many Students for Success in College, Career, and Life Empowering Parents with More Choices Needed Now More Than Ever For a more detailed analysis of RI's PARCC scores, read the blog on The Ocean St...

NEW: Failing RI Report Card Grades Not Advancing Social Justice

NEW: Failing RI Report Card Grades Not Advancing Social Justice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 17, 2015 Non-Competitive Grades Harming Work, Mobility, and Opportunity for Rhode Islanders Preponderance of Fs and Ds Should Signal Need for Change in Policy Culture Providence, RI -- The opportunity for upward mobility for many Ocean Staters continues to...

STATEMENT: Statewide Teacher Contract Is An Off Base Approach

STATEMENT: Statewide Teacher Contract Is An Off Base Approach

STATEMENT November 11, 2015 Statewide Contract Would Infringe on Local Sovereignty, No Focus of Educating Students Providence, RI -- The focus of educational reform should be for the benefit of students - not on compensating adults - according to a statement today from the RI Center for Freed...

38 STUDIOS JOINT STATEMENT: Chairwoman MacBeth Hopeful; Groups Congratulate Public for Early Victories

38 STUDIOS JOINT STATEMENT: Chairwoman MacBeth Hopeful; Groups Congratulate Public for Early Victories

JOINT STATEMENT; FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 22, 2015 Public Pressure Turns Tide in General Assembly; Governor Challenged; MacBeth Expects New Powers Providence, RI - Having achieved many of its key demands - with court documents released, with House Oversight Committee hearings scheduled...

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, September 2015: Growth Stops in Employment and Jobs

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, September 2015: Growth Stops in Employment and Jobs

[Click here for the printable one-page PDF of this post.]   Once again, Rhode Island’s unemployment rate dropped, from 5.7% in August, to 5.4% in September, according to data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That was, however, a silver lining built on an entirely dark...

STATEMENT: Speaker Mattiello’s Deliberative Process on Tolls Did Not Include the P3 Delivery Concept

STATEMENT: Speaker Mattiello’s Deliberative Process on Tolls Did Not Include the P3 Delivery Concept

STATEMENT October 20, 2015 Speaker's Support of Tolls Fails to Consider Lower-Cost P3 Delivery Model State can still enjoy benefits of jobs and economic development at lower cost and risk Providence, RI -- No response or curiosity was expressed by the Speaker's office after it received an...

P3 PayGo Model for RhodeWorks

P3 PayGo Model for RhodeWorks

Beginning this spring, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo pr...

MEDIA RELEASE: P3 Delivery Model Bypasses RI DOT to Conduct Infrastructure Upgrades

MEDIA RELEASE: P3 Delivery Model Bypasses RI DOT to Conduct Infrastructure Upgrades

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 16, 2015 P3 Delivery Model for Infrastructure Upgrades Has Multiple Benefits for Rhode Islanders Private Sector Partner Would Deliver Governor's Project Goals More Efficiently than RI DOT Providence, RI -- The Governor's ambitious bridge and road upgrade proje...

STATEMENT: Center Supports GOP Policy Group Infrastructure Strategy

STATEMENT: Center Supports GOP Policy Group Infrastructure Strategy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 7, 2015 Legislators Should Not be Rewarded for Their Past Negligence Tough Budget Priorities Must be Made Providence, RI - Having put forth its own Pay-As-You-Go concept earlier this year, the nonpartisan RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity supports the g...

JOINT STATEMENT: Legislators Challenged to Take Position on 38 Studios Investigations

JOINT STATEMENT: Legislators Challenged to Take Position on 38 Studios Investigations

JOINT STATEMENT; FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 6, 2015 Good Government Groups Demand 38 Studios Accountability; Ask Lawmakers to Take a Position Over Two Dozen Lawmakers Already on Record Providence, RI - The five good government groups who banded together to push for complete and thoroug...

STATEMENT: UHIP Cost Overruns Just the Beginning of ‘Dependency Portal’ Costs

STATEMENT: UHIP Cost Overruns Just the Beginning of ‘Dependency Portal’ Costs

STATEMENT September 10, 2015 UHIP Cost Overruns Just the Beginning "Dependency Portal" will dramatically drive up social service costs. New "uninsured" figures misleading. Providence, RI -- Chalk up another accurate projection based on research by the nonpartisan Rhode Island Center for Fr...

STATEMENT: REMI Toll & Bond Report Overstates Benefits; New Model Next Week

STATEMENT: REMI Toll & Bond Report Overstates Benefits; New Model Next Week

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 3, 2015 Economic Drawbacks Under-Stated, Benefits Overstated Pro Government Spending Analysis is Not Balanced with Free Market Analysis Providence, RI - As projected months ago, the economic development analysis released yesterday by the Raimondo administrat...

STATEMENT: Center Questions Governor’s Choice of Firms to Analyze Toll Impact

STATEMENT: Center Questions Governor’s Choice of Firms to Analyze Toll Impact

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 3, 2015 Economic Modeling Theory Central to Analysis As an existing state vendor, REMI's objectivity questioned Providence, RI -- Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI), the firm selected by Governor Raimondo to evaluate the economic impact of her proposed tr...

Center co-Sponsors Website Calling on Lawmakers to Support Investigation into 38 Studios; Court Documents to be Unsealed

Center co-Sponsors Website Calling on Lawmakers to Support Investigation into 38 Studios; Court Documents to be Unsealed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 28, 2015 Groups from Left, Right, and Center Unite in Call for Further 38 Studios Investigations Demands Legislators Take a Position; Encourages Voters to Act Providence, RI - Following a joint-press conference last week, which has already led to the unsealing of...

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, July 2015: RI the Gem of the Southern New England Economy

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, July 2015: RI the Gem of the Southern New England Economy

[Click here for the printable one-page PDF of this post.]   With another drop in unemployment, to 5.8%, July was another banner month for the Rhode Island economy, according to data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That showing was on the strength of a 1,299 gain in the...

STATEMENT: Center Commends Coventry Resolution Calling for End to HPV Vaccine Mandate; EU launches new safety probe

STATEMENT: Center Commends Coventry Resolution Calling for End to HPV Vaccine Mandate; EU launches new safety probe

STATEMENT August 26, 2015 Coventry School Committee Calls on Governor to Rescind Department of Health Action Public and Legislative Concerns Intesify Against Unpopular HPV Mandate The nonpartisan RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity commends the Coventry School Committee for unanimously p...

PolitiFact RI Should be Condemned for Ruling on Center’s HPV Statement

PolitiFact RI Should be Condemned for Ruling on Center’s HPV Statement

Commentary PolitiFact RI Should be Sentenced to Journalistic Death Once again twists truth to support pre-determined ruling The RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity calls on the Providence Journal to issue a death sentence to its PolitFact RI kangaroo court. Time after time, in defending the...

Employee Freedom Week 2015

Employee Freedom Week 2015

Did you know it is National Employee Freedom Week? National Employee Freedom Week (NEFW) is a nationwide campaign to let employees know that they have the freedom to opt-out of their union. We want every employee to make the decision about union representation that’s best for him or her. In the...

BREAKING: Center Issues Joint Statement Calling for More Investigation and Transparency into 38 Studios and 38 Stadium deals

BREAKING: Center Issues Joint Statement Calling for More Investigation and Transparency into 38 Studios and 38 Stadium deals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 20, 2015 Joint Statement with other Good Government Groups Calls on Judge Silverstein, Governor Raimondo, and Speaker Mattiello to Take Decisive Action Warwick, RI - In the wake of new revelations about the state government's apparent expanded role in a con...

Center Joins Good Government Groups in Statement Calling on Judge, Governor, Speaker to Take Decisive Action Following Gordon Fox 38-Studios Revelation

Center Joins Good Government Groups in Statement Calling on Judge, Governor, Speaker to Take Decisive Action Following Gordon Fox 38-Studios Revelation

August 20, 2015 Joint Statement Today by Good Government Groups  Calls on Judge Silverstein, Governor Raimondo, and Speaker Mattiello to Take Decisive Action The June employment data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) provides a good lesson in a number of the ways in which the data can be misleading. For one thing, looking at the unemployment rate, one could say that Rhode Island...



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