Entries by RI Center for Freedom

STATEMENT: Center Applauds SCOTUS Ruling on Janus case; Public Education to Benefit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 27, 2018 More Worker Freedom Will Lead to Reduction in Union Power Public Education Should be Greatest Beneficiary Providence, RI — According to the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity, today’s landmark decision in the Janus case, which grants workplace freedom to public employees, means that public unions will have […]

MEDIA RELEASE: Modified “Equal Pay” Legislation Still Harmful and Unnecessary

Practice of Watering Down Bad Bills Must End False progressive narrative once again drives legislative agenda with new #Unfair2Employers mandates. Providence, RI– Rhode Island’s already dismal business climate will take yet another hit if progressive-extremists are once again successful in advancing anti-employer legislation based on a false narrative. Dubbed earlier this year by the Rhode Island Center […]

Center Opposes Legislation to Force Unionization of Home Care Professionals

Political Money & Power Grab by Unions Would Threaten Patient Safety Citizens concerned about the care of their loved ones can contact their lawmakers online Forced SEIU unionization would fly in the face of expected U.S. Supreme Court ruling FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 19, 2018 Providence, RI – The Rhode Island Center for Freedom & […]

Jobs & Opportunity Index (JOI), May 2018: What There Is Is Positive

Although Rhode Island remained in 47th place on the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity’s Jobs & Opportunity Index (JOI), the four (of 12) datapoints that were updated for the May report were positive. Unfortunately, one datapoint was not updated for Rhode Island even though it was updated for every other state. The latest SNAP […]

Center Calls on Senate to Act after House Unanimously Passes Hair-Braider Freedom Bill

Will Senate Continue to Block This No-Brainer Legislation? Second year in-a-row Legislation receives unanimous House vote! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 15, 2018 Providence, RI – For the second straight year, the Senate is on the spot to act on hair-braider freedom legislation passed unanimously by the House. In 2017, they failed. The Rhode Island Center […]

FY2019 Budget Graded a “D-” by the Center; a “Wasted Opportunity”

Federal Tax Cut Windfall “Wasted” in Maintaining Status Quo Lack of job-producing reforms demonstrates lack of vision for a better future for Rhode Islanders! Providence, RI – Despite a large and unexpected revenue windfall and clear policy lesson, resulting from the recent federal tax and regulatory cuts, Rhode Island’s political leaders appear to have wasted […]

Why Rhode Island Needs Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform

? “It is absolutely mind-boggling… that people that feed you, in one of the most historical oldest industries in this country, can’t go to sea and land that fish that feeds you without being treated like criminals,” said Richard Fuka, President of RI Fishermen’s Alliance Civil forfeiture laws represent one of the most serious assaults […]

Asset Forfeiture Reform: State Data Contradicts Opposition from AG and Law Enforcement Agencies

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 29, 2018 Asset Seizures in Rhode Island Overwhelmingly Involve Smaller Dollar and Property Values AG and other law enforcement agencies over-emphasize larger criminal enterprises as basis for their opposition Providence, RI — Contradicting the testimony of officials from the Attorney General’s office and other state and local law enforcement agencies, a […]

Stephen Hopkins Center for Civil Rights: Media Release & Report on Rhode Island Asset Forfeiture

For Immediate Release: May 29, 2018 Stephen Hopkins Center for Civil Rights Releases Data Brief Responding to Testimony of Office of Attorney General Kilmartin Report of General Treasurer Showing Average forfeiture of only $1,524.00 Contradicts Rhode Island Attorney General’s Testimony Opposing Asset Forfeiture Reform Legislation Providence – Giovanni D. Cicione, Esq., Chairman of the Stephen […]

Jobs & Opportunity Index (JOI), April 2018: The Bottom of the Rising Tide

Despite some positive numbers, Rhode Island couldn’t shake its 47th place ranking on the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity’s Jobs & Opportunity Index (JOI) in April 2018, and even slipped on one of the three subfactors of the index. On the Job Outlook Factor, which gauges Rhode Islanders’ optimism about job opportunities, the […]