Entries by RI Center for Freedom

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 […]

Legislation Based on Gender Pay Equity Myth Named “Bad Bill of the Week”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 22, 2018 Existing Laws, Good Employers Already Fairly Compensate Workers Progressives promote yet another make-believe narrative. Fewer women could end-up being hired. #Unfair2Employers Providence, RI– Progressive-extremists are once again advancing a false narrative: This time suggesting that Rhode Island employers are discriminatory and bigoted in their compensatory practices. The divisive legislation, […]

Asset Forfeiture Reform: New Report, Broad Coalition Expected at Hearing today

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 15, 2018 Asset Forfeiture Reform: Leading the Way for Civil Rights and Responsible Government Continuation of Successful 2017 Justice Reinvestment Reforms Providence, RI — Seeking to lead the way for civil rights and responsible government, the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity published a new report today ahead of a […]

Asset Forfeiture Reform in Rhode Island

An Opportunity for Rhode Island to Lead the Way for Civil Rights, Responsible Government, and Conscientious Budgeting by Giovanni D. Cicione, Esq., Chair, Stephen Hopkins Center for Civil Rights    OVERVIEW Civil forfeiture laws represent one of the most serious assaults on cars, cash, and other private property by government today.  While many policymakers and […]

Center Commends Senators Who Enjoyed a Safe State House Hair Braid

Lawmakers Experience the Safe Practice of Natural Hair Braiding RI Freedom Braiders Hold Successful Art Exhibit and Braiding Demonstration at Statehouse Providence, RI — Rhode Island lawmakers – female and male – experienced first-hand the safety and fun of natural hair braiding at a cultural exhibition yesterday at the State House. Senators Jabour, Morgan, Felag, […]

Center Co-Signs National Coalition Letter to the EPA to Revoke the “California Waiver”

The Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity is pleased to join with dozens of our fellow think tank partners in support of keeping automobile prices low. California adopted statewide motor vehicle greenhouse gas (GHG) emission rules in September 2004 to impose very strict limits on the emission of CO2 from automobile tailpipes.  While the […]

Politically-Correct Cigarette Tax Named “Bad Bill of the Week”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 8, 2018 Politically-Correct Cigarette Tax Denies Reality of Unintended Consequences Would impose further financial burdens on low-income families, while harming retailers and fueling an under-ground economy Providence, RI– Just because it conforms with politically-correct hysteria, does not make it good public policy. Case in point, the poorly-thought-out proposed cigarette tax. The […]

Jobs & Opportunity Index (JOI), March 2018: A Slip in the Freedom Factor

Rhode Island’s ranking on the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity’s Jobs & Opportunity Index (JOI) held at 47th for March 2018, but one of the three subfactors of the index worsened. On the Freedom Factor, which measures employment and jobs against welfare enrollment, Rhode Island fell one spot to 42nd in the country. […]

Asset Forfeiture Reform in Rhode Island: Summary of 2018 Legislation – H7640 and S2681

Building off the successful “Justice Reinvestment” reforms that were enacted in by Rhode Island lawmakers in 2017, the state’s asset forfeiture laws should next come under scrutiny, as they can often lead to the unfettered government seizure of cars, cash, and other private property. While many policymakers might assume that such laws are directed at […]

STATEMENT on Church Protest: Progressive Hateful Intolerance of Speech is Divisive to Society

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 20, 2018 Protest at Church Latest in String of Intolerance; Fuels Hate and Divides Communities “Solidarity of Brotherhood” Approach Recommended Providence, RI — Having recently hosted a luncheon where the unifying theme presented in the keynote address was that of the “solidarity of brotherhood,” the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity decries […]