Best & Worst Bills So Far 2016

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The Center’s annual Freedom Index & Legislator Scorecard rates bills and ranks legislators based on how they vote on those bills (2012 to present). For 2016, the BEST & WORST bills already as of voted on and yet to be voted on are listed below. For more details about these bills, and all bills rated, visit our 2016 interactive LIVE index hereClick on the image below for a larger view.

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Jobs & Opportunity Index: Technical Documentation

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Jobs & Opportunity Index (JOI) Data Sources

Data description Data period Units Source
Civilian labor force Monthly Individuals www.bls.gov/lau/rdscnp16.htm (seasonally adjusted)
Employment Monthly Individuals www.bls.gov/lau/rdscnp16.htm (seasonally adjusted)
Jobs based in the state Monthly Individuals www.bls.gov/sae/ (Table D-1)
Long-term unemployed Quarterly Individuals www.bls.gov/lau/stalt_moave.xlsx
All marginally attached residents Quarterly Individuals www.bls.gov/lau/stalt_moave.xlsx
Involuntary part-time employed Quarterly Individuals www.bls.gov/lau/stalt_moave.xlsx
Medicaid enrollment Monthly Individuals www.medicaid.gov/medicaid-chip-program-information/program-information/medicaid-and-chip-enrollment-data/previous-monthly-medicaid-and-chip-application-eligibility-determination-and-enrollment-reports-and-updated-data.html
SNAP enrollment Monthly Individuals
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Jobs & Opportunity Index (JOI), March 2016: A More-Accurate View of RI’s Employment Situation

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During the Center’s years of analyzing employment reports from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), we have observed that the numbers often do not reflect the real experience of Rhode Islanders and that news reports often exacerbate the disconnect. For example, an unemployment rate that improves when more people give up looking for work than lose their jobs is self-evidently not a useful gauge of employment health.

Beginning with March 2016 data, ...

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JOI – The Jobs & Opportunity Index: Tracing Rhode Island’s Economic Progress

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WHY THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS A POOR INDICATOR OF ECONOMIC WELL-BEING

Rhode Islanders want to prosper in an economic climate that rewards hard work, encourages small-business growth, creates quality jobs, and can lead to a better life for their families.

In this regard, the traditionally cited monthly unemployment rate is often used by state lawmakers as a benchmark to evaluate the effectiveness of state economic policy initiatives. However, this rate represents a very narrow glimpse of ...

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Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, March 2016: Up but Losing Ground

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Although Rhode Island’s unemployment rate held at 5.4% in March, the good news from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is that the two components of the rate were both in positive territory: Labor force was up 683, and employment was up 561.

Be that as it may, the first monthly chart shows that these relatively small increases weren’t enough to change the ongoing story of stagnant employment growth and ...

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BEST & WORST BILLS of 2016; “Energize RI” Carbon Fee Among Worst

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April 12, 2016
Carbon Tax Would Punish Fossil Fuel Companies and Increase Costs for Families, While Rewarding Special Interests

Providence, RI — Despite Rhode Island having some of the highest energy rates in the nation, a bill that would impose a new fee on carbon-based energy, resulting in even higher energy costs ...

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Updated – BEST & WORST of 2016; Anti-Eminent Domain Bill Among Best

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April 4, 2016

Private Property Rights Protected by Bill to Eliminate Eminent Domain for Econ Dev Purposes

Providence, RI — With property rights under assault by RhodeMapRI and RI Innovates, posing as economic development plans, a Senate bill (S2409) that would protect private property owners from government abuse of eminent domain, is among the best bills yet to be voted on according to the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity, which ...

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The RI Minimum Wage: To Raise or Not to Raise?

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The RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity believes that all Rhode Islanders who strive to work hard should be able to earn a living to support themselves and their families. The question, of course, is how employment for those at the bottom of the income ladder can meet that positive goal.

It is true that minimum-wage hikes may translate into more money for some people. But it is also true that such hikes will lead to ...

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Updated: BEST & WORST Legislation of 2016; Redistribution of Municipal Wealth

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March 28, 2016
“Municipal Redistribution of Wealth” Bill Headlines Worst of 2016

Providence, RI — Headlined by H7985, a bill that would create a new mandate to punish cities and towns for not advancing a federal agenda, the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity today updated its list of the BEST and WORST bills of the 2016 General Assembly session.

Sponsored by Reps Morin, Casey, Carson, Phillips, and Maldonado, H7985 would advance the RhodeMapRI and federal “sustainabalism” ...

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