Entries by RI Center for Freedom

Center Answers Speaker’s Call; Suggests Major Regulatory Reforms in New Occupational Licensing Report

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 6, 2018 The Right to Earn a Living Should Not Require Government Permission Speaker of the House and Governor on Right Track Providence, RI — In response to a call from the Rhode Island Speaker of the House, and following the lead of the executive branch, the RI Center for Freedom […]

Progressive’s “Fair Pay Act” Could Lead to $125/mo Lower Earnings. Expansion of “Training Wage” and EITC Recommended by Center.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 31, 2018 Resulting Reduced Earnings Would Harm Low-Wage Workers, Employers, and Economy Expansion of “Training Wage” Recommended to Give Teens a Leg Up to Earn Vital Work Experience Providence, RI — With the legislative onslaught from the progressive-left against employers and job growth now in full gear, the RI Center for […]

Single-Payer Healthcare: “Progressive Land of Make Believe Bad Bill of the Week”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 25, 2018 Single-Payer Healthcare Scheme Based on “Make Believe” Assumptions Progressive Economist Estimates $3.7 Billion in New Costs; Center Estimates at $5.4 Billion. Would Bankrupt the State. Providence, RI — The legislative onslaught from the left has begun. As the poster child of their desire for government-control over the lives of residents […]

Center Critical of Governor’s “Wrong Direction” Budget

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 18, 2018 “Keep Going” Strategy Headed in Wrong Direction Recent Federal Reforms Demonstrate the Path to Prosperity Providence, RI – The Governor’s proposed “Keep Going” FY2019 budget stands in stark contrast to the successful path to prosperity blazed by the federal government via tax and regulatory reductions in the past year. […]

Center Issues Statement on Governor’s State of the State Address

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 16, 2018 “Keep Going” Strategy Headed in Wrong Direction Tax and Spend Polices Will Continue to Keep Ocean State Lagging Behend Providence, RI – Unfortunately, the Governor wants to “keep going” with her tax and spend policies; specifically her taxpayer-subsidized corporate welfare scheme that benefits only a few insider companies; a program […]

Jobs & Opportunity Index (JOI), November 2017: A Step Away from the Precipice?

With some help from the downward-trending Arkansas and Louisiana, Rhode Island managed to hop away from last place on the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity’s Jobs & Opportunity Index (JOI) in November, moving from 49th to 47th. The November edition includes new numbers for seven of the 12 datapoints. Employment was down again, 519 […]

Federal ‘Tax Cuts & Jobs Act’ Should Ease RI Budget Deficits

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 20, 2017 State Budget Will Benefit from Federal Tax Reforms Economic Growth Will Boost Sales and Income Tax Revenues Providence, RI – Ironically, Rhode Island’s political class, incessantly in search of new revenues, is criticizing the recently passed “Tax Cuts & Jobs Act,” which could generate more statewide revenues in a more […]

Statement on Infosys Announcement: Small Businesses Should Be the Focus

Pro Small Business Measures Would Benefit Ocean State More than Infosys-Type Corporate Welfare Federal Tax Reforms Could Open Door for Real Economic Growth Providence, RI – Just days after touting “Small Business Saturday” the Raimondo administration has heaped additional tax burdens on employers and taxpayers in the Ocean State by doling out tens of millions […]