P3 PayGo Testimony, House Finance 2/4/16

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Good evening. My name is Justin Katz.  I’m the research director for the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity.

The amazing thing about infrastructure, and this whole issue, is that we’ve got roads that need repair, we’ve got workers who want to repair them, we’ve got a public that wants to pay to fix the roads — the problem is we’ve got special interests who already have the money we’re already paying to fix the ...

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Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, December 2015: Late 2015 Shed Much of Early 2015’s Gains

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With the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s (BLS’s) release of preliminary December employment data for Rhode Island and the country, a sense of the year (and the likely revisions forthcoming) comes into focus. In December, Rhode Island’s unemployment rate dropped once again, to 5.1%, from 5.2% in November, bringing the string of decreases to 29 straight months.

Once again, though, the apparent improvement came only because the employment drop (of 371 people) ...

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Rhode Island NAEP in Context: Improvement Hit Ceiling in 2011

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HALT IN EDUCATION REFORM PRODUCED DROP IN STUDENT TEST SCORES. Every two years, the National Center for Education Statistics releases state-level results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) test. Since 2001, the federal government has required all states receiving Title I funding (that is, all states) to conduct the tests in reading and mathematics at the fourth and eighth grade levels. NAEP, also known as “the nation’s report card,” is therefore the most accurate tool for ...

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Friedrichs Vs. California Teachers Association

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Mackinac Center for Public Policy Backgrounder

by F. Vincent Vernuccio and Patrick Wright

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What Is the Friedrichs Case?Rebecca-square

Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association et al. is a case in front of the U.S. Supreme Court filed by the Center for Individual Rights on behalf of Rebecca Friedrichs and several other plaintiffs. If the justices rule in favor of Friedrichs the decision could:

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The 2015 RI Freedom Index

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The 2015 RI Freedom Index

The General Assembly took a step backward in 2015, and not a single legislator’s votes would have moved the state forward. On the 2015 RI Freedom Index, the average legislator index score of -56.6 indicates that the General Assembly moved Rhode Island in the wrong direction.

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RI General Assembly 2015 Session Freedom Index

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Download: Freedom Index 2015 Scorecardlegislator votes, bill explanations, and rankings

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2015 Freedom Index Findings

One hundred and twenty-one (121) different pieces of legislation (counting companion bills once) were evaluated.  The Center judged 99 of them as having a negative effect on freedom.

The average legislator index score of -56.6 indicates that the General Assembly moved Rhode Island in the wrong direction more than the prior year, and that Rhode Islanders are less free ...

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Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, November 2015: Expected Down Note as Last Report of the Year

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The trend that has come to define Rhode Island’s employment picture in 2015 (indeed, since the end of the recession) continued for the final Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) report for the year. In November, Rhode Island’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.2%, from 5.3% in October. That’s 28 straight months of decreases in the rate of at least one-tenth of one percent. As usual, however, the positive rate resulted from ...

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Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, October 2015: Two Losses Don’t Make a Gain

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For yet another month, Rhode Island’s unemployment rate dropped, from 5.4% in September, to 5.3% in September, according to data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). And for yet another month, that positive outcome resulted from two negative results. Employment actually dropped by 630 people, but 1,636 Rhode Islanders gave up looking. Meanwhile, jobs based in the state increased by a mere 100 after a sizable drop the ...

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Rhode Island Report Card, 2015: Policy Culture Not Advancing Social Justice & Fairness

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When the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity began compiling its annual Competitiveness Report Card for Rhode Island in 2012, the idea was to show how we, as a state, were doing, compared with our New England neighbors and the country as a whole. That first year, the report card showed five Fs and five Ds. Now, in its fourth iteration, with various changes of methodology and some new categories, the total isn’t much ...

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Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, September 2015: Growth Stops in Employment and Jobs

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Once again, Rhode Island’s unemployment rate dropped, from 5.7% in August, to 5.4% in September, according to data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That was, however, a silver lining built on an entirely dark cloud. Employment actually dropped by 521 people, but 1,860 Rhode Islanders gave up looking. At the same time, the number of jobs based in the state fell by 1,800 — for a total ...

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