Freedom Index “Live” Update: Zero Legislators Now with Positive Score; Overall GA Index Falls to (-79)

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Freedom Index “Live” Update
Zero Legislators Now with Positive Score; Overall GA Index Falls to (-79)

Providence, RI — Individual legislator voting scores and the overall legislative direction of the General Assembly took a precipitous fall last week, according to an interactive scorecard, updated Monday, which can be viewed live online, published by the nonpartisan RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity. The near real-time RI Freedom Index – Live rates individual pieces of legislation, according to whether or ...

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STATEMENT: Childcare Subsidies Will Enrich Labor Unions

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June 16, 2015

Childcare Subsidies Will Enrich Labor Unions
Non-transparent process leads to added taxpayer burden

As the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity predicted in 2013, the non-transparent process surrounding union negotiations for childcare subsidies will enrich labor unions while adding to taxpayers’ burden. In another budget cycle during which the state government is hunting for every dollar it can find, Governor Raimondo and the General Assembly have made dues to the Service Employees International Union ...

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STATEMENT: General Assembly Budget – More of the Same

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June 10, 2015

2016 Budget Has No Broad-based Reforms

No Game Changing Economic Ideas
Continued Special-Interest Spending

Providence, RI — The General Assembly’s proposed FY-2016 budget plan, consistent with recent annual budgets, and despite the positive spin from lawmakers, includes no broad-based plan to boost Rhode Island’s stagnant jobs market, according to the nonpartisan Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity. The Center maintains that the budget gives government more power in attempting to orchestrate economic ...

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STATEMENT: Pro Firefighter Bills Infringe on Local Sovereignty as with RhodeMap RI

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June 9, 2015

Pro Firefighter General Assembly Bills Would Interfere with Local Sovereignty
Center Criticizes Trend Towards Centralized Government

At least four bills introduced in the 2015 Rhode Island General Assembly that would bolster firefighter leverage in the collective bargaining process, two of which will be heard in committee today, would infringe on the sovereignty of municipal governments and further represents an unhealthy trend towards centralized government planning, according to the nonpartisan Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity.

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MEDIA RELEASE: 2015 Legislative Scorecard Update: Overall GA Index falls to (-58)

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Freedom Index “Live” Update

Overall Legislative Index Once Again Pointing in the Wrong Direction

Providence, RI — As 2015 bills receive floor votes, an updated interactive scorecard of legislator voting records can be viewed live online, published by the nonpartisan RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity. The near real-time RI Freedom Index – Live rates individual pieces of legislation, according to whether or not they preserve or infringe upon the freedoms of Rhode Islanders, then scores General Assembly legislators based on ...

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STATEMENT: Two Reasons Why Trucker Toll Plan is Misguided

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June 2, 2015
Trucking Toll Proposal Demonstrates Lack of Discipline;
Disguises Spending on non-Essential Projects
Spending Priorities Must be Set; Strip Out RhodeMap RI type Mass Transit Plans
It was a lack of fiscal discipline that allowed the Ocean State’s bridge and road conditions to become degraded in the ...
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MEDIA RELEASE: 2015 Legislative Scorecard NOW LIVE

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Freedom Index “Live” Rates Legislators as they Vote
Preliminary 2015 Ratings Indicate Legislative Track Once Again Sending
Ocean State in the Wrong Direction
 

An interactive scorecard of 2015 legislator voting records is now live online, announced today by the nonpartisan RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity. The new, near real-time RI Freedom Index – Live rates individual pieces of ...

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Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, April 2015: The Annual Wait for Realistic Numbers

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In a news report that drifted into this author’s awareness, recently, an analyst explained Rhode Island’s employment boost in terms of seasonal changes. To the contrary, the numbers are supposed to be seasonally adjusted (to bring out underlying trends), and the pattern of this year looks a lot like the patter of last year. Rhode Island begins the first six months with an inexplicable jump in employment, which levels off ...

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RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity Launches Ad Campaign for School Choice. House Hearing Today.

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May 27, 2015
Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity Launches School Choice Ad Campaign
Full-Page Ad in Providence Journal Coincides with House Finance Committee Hearing on School Choice
Unions cited for standing in the way of needed education reforms
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STATEMENT: RhodeMapRI Proponents Show True Color; Again Slander Opponents at House Hearings

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May 22, 2015
Dozens of Citizens Support Bills to De-Fang Controversial Plan
Consortium Members Once Again Resort to”Racist” Tactics
Center Recognizes Testimony from The Gaspee Project
Providence, RI — Once again, grassroots members of the public expressed their clear opposition to the controversial RhodeMap RI agenda at hearings in ...
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