Entries by RI Center for Freedom

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 […]

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. […]