SCHOOL CHOICE to be debated on Smith Hill

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SCHOOL CHOICE to be debated on Smith Hill

CENTER PUBLISHES NEW REPORT FOR SENATE & HOUSE HEARINGS.

Win-Win-Win policy solution empowers families with expanded choices, without any new costs to taxpayers, and without harming public schools!

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COMMENTARY: State Property Tax Proposal Right out of RHODEMAP RI Playbook

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By Mike Stenhouse

We warned you about RhodeMap RI.

While Gov. Gina Raimondo’s proposed new statewide property tax has already inspired arguments among various constituent groups, there are much larger, more fundamental issues to be concerned about.

Disguised as a wealth tax, the “Taylor Swift tax” is really an assault on private property rights and an infringement on municipal sovereignty, all part of a national agenda. Sound familiar? This tax idea is right out of the RhodeMap RI playbook, and it ...

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2015 Ed Choice Legislation – The Way of the Future!

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2015 Ed Choice Legislation – The Way of the Future!

If enacted, the Bright Today Scholarship and Open Enrollment Act of 2015 would become the most innovative and universal school choice program in America! Education Savings Accounts (ESAs) are the way of the future.

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Lessons from RhodeMap RI

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GO TO HOME PAGE re. RhodeMap RI

This commentary originally appeared in the Providence Journal on December 19, 2014:

Will the recently adopted RhodeMap RI plan collect dust on a shelf, as Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello suggests? Or will it survive in some form to spawn various pieces of legislation, executive orders, departmental regulations and local ordinances? Nobody knows.

But looking back, there are clear lessons to learn from the ...

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Statement by Center on RhodeMap RI Adoption

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OFFICIAL STATEMENT: December 11, 2014 (2:30 PM)

Council Moves Controversial Plan Forward Despite Overwhelming Public Opposition

Unanimous Vote Indicates RhodeMap RI was pre-Ordained Insider Deal

Providence, RI – “Today we saw the danger of un-elected bureaucrats, accountable to no one, becoming involved in major public policy decisions,” said Mike Stenhouse, CEO for the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity, following the state Planning Council’s unanimous vote to adopt the controversial RhodeMap RI plan. “It’s like the public ...

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RhodeMap RI Brings Eminent Domain 1-Step Closer

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RhodeMap RI Brings Eminent Domain 1-Step Closer

The controversial RhodeMap RI plan, in combination with a 2008 law that seemed pre-sage its creation, would appear to allow for almost unlimited government abuse of the worst kind … the power of governments to seize land from private citizens!

 

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Analysis: RhodeMap RI would further weaken Ocean State’s struggling economy

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Go to Property Rights / RhodeMapRI home page … 

Our Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity, URI Professor Len Lardaro, the RI Public Expenditure Council, Mayor Allan Fung, and many other organizations have been critical of the proposed RhodeMap RI economic development plan for its fundamental lack of basic economics; that despite some worthwhile goals, there is no specific road-map offered to attain those goals. With the credibility of RhodeMap RI already in question as a building-block ...

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AN OCEAN STATE DISGRACE. RhodeMapRI opponents, who questioned the plan’s economic viability and potential to infringe on individual property rights and the sovereignty of local governments were branded as “racists” and “Ku Klux Klan” by consortium members who designed the plan itself!

This proves our Center’s contention that RhodeMapRI is not a serious economic development plan, but rather a radical social-equity agenda.

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Center Challenges Chafee Administration to a Debate

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Center Challenges Chafee Administration to a Debate

Following an OpEd battle in the Providence Journal, the Center calls for a rigorous debate on this highly controversial issue. Do Rhode Islanders want local housing and land-use decisions being made by un-elected bureaucrats in Washington, DC … or by locally-elected officials?

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POLL: Why Rhode Islanders Want a Constitutional Convention

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POLL: Why Rhode Islanders Want a Constitutional Convention

See the results of our September poll about how Rhode Islanders feel about the state of their state; includes actual words from your neighbors.

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