Entries by RI Center for Freedom

Center Congratulates its own Justin Katz for Lumen Gentium Religious Award

STATEMENT: May 16, 2017 For Immediate Release Justin Katz to Receive Prestigious “Lumen Gentium” Award from the Diocese of Providence Providence, RI — Referring to his work as “subtle evangelism,” Justin Katz will be honored this Wednesday evening by the Diocese of Providence with the fifth-annual “Lumen Gentium” award for communication of the Catholic faith at the […]

Center Announces “Hey Dude 2” Spoof Ad Campaign Against Paid-Time-Off & Progressive Agenda

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 15, 2017 Hey Dude Spot #2 Portrays Positive Vision for RI vs. Progressive’s Negative Vision in Original Spoof Ad Buy Announced Providence, RI – Imagine businesses popping-up all over the state with happy and gainfully employed workers. This is the positive vision for Rhode Island put forth by the RI Center […]

Is Rhode Island Prepared to Best Serve its Citizens Under the Shifting Federal Healthcare Landscape?

OVERVIEW If the final federal healthcare law that eventually emerges from Washington, D.C. is similar to the version that passed the House of Representatives in early May of 2017, Rhode Island lawmakers will find themselves in the middle of largely reshaped federal and state healthcare landscape. Soon they may be faced with multiple important questions; […]

Report: Government Data Proof of Retail Boom for 3.0% Sales Tax Concept

Wine & Spirits Increased 21.4% After Sales Tax Cut Providence, RI – Imagine the parking lots of Rhode Island retailers filled with cars with Massachusetts license plates. Actual data from the State demonstrates that this is possible. The same level of economic stimulus – as projected by the Center by cutting the state’s overall sales tax – actually occurred […]

Marijuana Legalization: Constitutional Crisis and Increased Costs and Legal Jeopardy for Employers?

Click here to see our previous marijuana statement Click here to see testimony from CEO Stenhouse April 5, 2017. Providence, RI — Concerned about the lack of serious debate about the societal impact of legislation that would legalize recreational marijuana use, the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity today published a policy brief that underscores […]

MINIMUM WAGE TESTIMONY: Misperceptions & Myths; EITC Recommended by the Center

March 30, 2017  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Providence, RI – The RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity published the full written testimony its CEO will submit to the House Committees on Finance and Labor, the latter of which will today hear multiple bills seeking to raise the state’s minimum wage rate. “Every Rhode Islander who strives to work hard […]

Jobs & Opportunity Index (JOI), February 2017: Little Change as RI Tax Revenue Slips Slightly

The annual revisions of the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) usually mean that the data for February follows closely on that for January, leaving little change in the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity’s Jobs & Opportunity Index (JOI) report. This year, updated data for SNAP and state and local taxes is also available, […]