Entries by RI Center for Freedom

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 […]

STATEMENT: Center Joins with RI Families Coalition to support Freedom to Work for Hair Braiders

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 1, 2017 Hair Braiders Should Enjoy Freedom to Pursue Work Providence, RI — The Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity today joins with the RI Families Coalition in support of regulatory reforms that would free natural hair braiders from the occupational licensing mandates currently imposed on the harmless practice. Legislation […]

STATEMENT: Center Opposes Push to Deregulate Abortion Industry; Decries Attacks on Catholic Church

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 21, 2017 Deregulation of Abortion Industry Debate Should Not Include Criticism of the Catholic Church Providence, RI — The Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity opposes the efforts by some lawmakers to deregulate the abortion industry as a preemptive step against unsubstantiated concerns about the Trump presidency. The Center also calls […]

Policy Brief: RI’s Justice Reinvestment Initiative is step towards being Right on Crime

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 30, 2017 Right and Left Agree That pro-Family Considerations are the “Right” way to “Reinvest” in Criminal Justice House Leaders Encouraged to Give Serious Consideration to JRI Package of Legislation Providence, RI — With related House Judiciary Committee hearings scheduled for Tuesday, and in line with the pro-family objectives of its […]

Right on Crime: Increasing Family Prosperity via Criminal Justice Reform

by Justin Katz and Matthew Henry Young A Pressing Need for Reform Many families seeking upward mobility and prosperity must first break the cycle of incarceration — a cycle that makes it nearly impossible for those caught up in it, ex-offenders in particular, to achieve productive lives for themselves and their families. New national research […]

JOBS & OPPORTUNITY INDEX – RI’s 48th Place Rank not Affected by Job Losses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 26, 2017 Despite Disappointing December Jobs & Employment Losses, Rhode Island Does Not Fall in JOI metric – Remains 3rd Worst in Country Most 2016 Gains Erased Providence, RI — Despite December data that showed large losses in both jobs and employment, Rhode Island’s 48th rank remained unchanged on a broader measure of overall […]

Initial Reaction to Governor’s Proposed Budget

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 19, 2017 Lack of Vision and Bold Action – Stunning Providence, RI — The Center’s CEO, Mike Stenhouse, provides initial reaction to the Governor’s proposed 2018 budget: “When our state ranks 48th in family prosperity and dead last in business climate, a ‘no broad-based tax increase’ strategy simply is not good […]

Center’s Family Prosperity Forum Suggests Stark Contrast to Governor’s State of the State Message; Statement on Free Tuition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 18, 2017 Pro-Family, Pro-Business Focus Recommended vs Governor’s Centrally-planned Mandate & Corporate Subsidy Approach Left and Right Come Together to Support Justice Reinvestment Initiative Center Proposes Alternative to Free Tuition Plan Providence, RI — The overwhelming sentiment from the local and national policy experts, from both the left and right, who […]

Center to Recognize MLK Day by Supporting Civil Rights “Justice Reinvestment” Legislation at Family Prosperity Leadership Forum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 16, 2017 The Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) Seeks to Lessen the Harmful Impact of Over-Incarceration on Families  Democrat Senate Leadership to be Recognized for their Work at Tuesday’s “Family Prosperity Leadership Forum” at Bryant University Providence, RI — As the nation celebrates Martin Luther King Day, the Rhode Island Center for Freedom […]