Entries by RI Center for Freedom

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, […]

Center Supports Cape Verdean Woman, Others, in Quest for Hair Braiding Freedom. Hearing Today

Regulations Inhibit Many From Pursuing Financial Freedom Joceyln DoCouto Cannot Afford Onerous Licensing Requirements Providence, RI — Hair braiding is a cultural and practical art-form for Jocelyn DoCouto and her family, which hails from Senegal and Cape Verde. Yet, unable to afford the burdensome levels of fees and training required to receive permission from the government to legally work […]

Center Responds to Governor Raimondo’s Federal Healthcare News Conference

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 23, 2017 Governor Does Not Understand Goal of Federal Reforms Fear-mongering not helpful to legitimate debate Providence, RI – Mike Stenhouse, CEO for the nonpartisan Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity issued a statement, following a news conference today by Governor Gina Raimondo about her concerns about the proposed federal American […]

A 3.0% Sales Tax: A Superior Economic Stimulus Than Car Tax Repeal or Free College Tuition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 20, 2017 Plans by Speaker and Governor Could Cost Jobs and Municipal Revenue Losses Sales Tax Cuts Would Increase Jobs and Could Pay for Car Tax Reforms Providence, RI – The nonpartisan Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity today published detailed economic modeling projections and analysis, demonstrating that a cut in […]

3.0% Sales Tax: Superior Reform than Car Tax Repeal or Free College Tuition?

Car Tax, Free Tuition Programs Could Mean Loss of Jobs and Lower Municipal Revenues 3.0% Sales Tax Adds Thousands of Jobs, Increases Local Revenues OVERVIEW: As taxpayers continue to be asked to fund generous corporate subsidy programs, lawmakers are now dueling over two new spending ideas – reimbursing localities to phase-out the car tax and […]

Trump Was Right. Unemployment Rate Masks RI’s Deteriorating Employment Market. Real Unemployment Rate 12.4%?

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 15, 2017 Unemployment Rate Would be 12.4% if Labor Force Matched Nation Inadequacy of Unemployment Rate Clouding Political Discourse Deteriorating Labor Force Produces Positive Rate? Providence, RI — Donald Trump may have been correct in his skepticism of apparently positive national unemployment rate news during the 2016 Presidential Campaign. As the RI Center […]

Jobs & Opportunity Index (JOI), January 2017: Rhode Islanders Less Free from Government Dependency

The RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity’s first Jobs & Opportunity Index (JOI) report for 2017 finds the Ocean State slipping on the Freedom Factor, measuring welfare dependency versus employment. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) revised employment down for Rhode Island, reducing the state’s employment health, and more Rhode Islanders slipped into dependence on […]

STATEMENT: Center Claims It Reckless And Anti-Family to Legalize Marijuana This Year

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 13, 2017 Center Claims it Reckless and Anti-Family to Legalize Marijuana This Year Supports Study Commission as More Prudent Approach Click here to see our statement on risk to employers Click here to see testimony from CEO Stenhouse Providence, RI — The Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity claims it […]

Center Calls on R.I. Lawmakers to be Proactive as New U.S. Health Insurance Landscape Takes Shape

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 7, 2017 Lawmakers Encouraged to Plan for New Landscape Providence, RI – With the initial release last night of the U.S. Congressional Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity today calls on state lawmakers to proactively consider how to fashion the upcoming budget to […]

STATEMENT: Center Joins National Taxpayer Group to Oppose Carbon Tax Scheme

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 1, 2017 15 Cents per Gallon & other Increased Energy Rates Will Further Harm RI Families, Businesses, and State’s Overall Competitiveness Providence, RI — The Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity supports a letter to Ocean State lawmakers issued today by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), the national pro-taxpayer group […]