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!

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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Milton Friedman Legacy Day Celebration 2015!

Milton Friedman Legacy Day Celebration 2015!

Friedman Legacy Day 2015 The Center is joining with other across the country to honor the life and legacy of the esteemed economist Milton Friedman! To celebrate, the Center participated in an event at Rocky Point State Park to introduce hundreds of Rhode Islanders to the idea of School...

MEDIA RELASE: Center Calls on Governor Raimondo to Halt Controversial HPV Vaccine Mandate

MEDIA RELASE: Center Calls on Governor Raimondo to Halt Controversial HPV Vaccine Mandate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 30, 2015 Controversial Vaccine Mandated by Regulatory Fiat Center Recommends Parents Claim a Religious Exemption to Maintain Rights Calls on Governor to Delay the Mandate and Lawmakers to Overturn the Edict Providence, RI -- In a stunning revelation made public...

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, June 2015: RI Bucks Southern New England Trend?

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, June 2015: RI Bucks Southern New England Trend?

[Click here for the printable one-page PDF of this post.] 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...

Making RhodeWorks  Work for Rhode Islanders

Making RhodeWorks Work for Rhode Islanders

As an alternative option to f...

BREAKING: New Federal HUD Rule Validates Center’s RhodeMapRI Claims

BREAKING: New Federal HUD Rule Validates Center’s RhodeMapRI Claims

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 10, 2015 As Forewarned, HUD Finalizes Rule in Effort to Desegregate Local Neighborhoods via Plans like RhodeMap RI State Planning Officials Denied True Agenda and Federal Connection Providence, RI -- Following weeks of speculation in national news stories, the D...

Mike Stenhouse: Court ruling dooms HealthSource RI

Mike Stenhouse: Court ruling dooms HealthSource RI

Originally Published in the Providence Journal: http://www.providencejournal.com/article/20150707/OPINION/150709689/13831 The jig should be up for HealthSource RI. In 2014 the state’s insurance exchange, with its high cost of annual operation, was saved by last-minute funding from the federal...

Statement: RI Budget’s New Tourism Tax Likely to Fail

Statement: RI Budget’s New Tourism Tax Likely to Fail

STATEMENT July 1, 2015 Promoting Tourism by Taxing Tourism is Misguided, Unenforceable Will Seek Repeal of "Killing the Golden Goose" Provision Providence, RI -- With the FY-2016 budget now law in the Ocean State, one of its most under-reported and counter-productive provisions is a new to...

Statement: SCOTUS Decision, Massive Rate Hike Should Doom HealthSource RI

Statement: SCOTUS Decision, Massive Rate Hike Should Doom HealthSource RI

STATEMENT June 26, 2015 FY2016 Should be Last Year of Continued Taxpayer and Ratepayer Subsidies for Failed Boondoggle Exchange Can be More Efficiently Operated by the Federal Government Providence, RI -- Based on yesterday's U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA),...

Statement: Center Applauds House for Taking 1st Step in Mitigating RhodeMap RI Mandates

Statement: Center Applauds House for Taking 1st Step in Mitigating RhodeMap RI Mandates

STATEMENT June 25, 2015 H6040A Seeks to Protect Localities from Mandated Zoning Changes Senate and Administration Urged to Follow Suit Providence, RI -- The nonpartisan RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity applauds the RI House of Representatives for responding to the concerns of Rhode I...



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