The Math of Educational Choice

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Introducing the RI-DIMES Fiscal Modeling Tool

Empowering parents with greater choices when it comes to determining the best educational path for their children is not only supported by strong moral arguments, but can also lead to a net positive fiscal impact on the bottom line of public school districts, very different from the math of charter schools.

Click here for a school-district by school-district summary table of fiscal results

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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STATEMENT: Serious Questions for House Oversight Committee Hearing on RhodeMap RI

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April 9, 2015

Critical Questions About Controversial RhodeMap RI
Plan Must Be Addressed

How did a legitimate economic development plan request get hijacked and transformed into a radical social equity agenda?

Providence, RI — Critical questions must be asked and answered when Kevin Flynn, Associate Director of the state Division of Planning, testifies in front of the House Committee on Oversight at 4:30 pm this afternoon in Room 101 at the State House, suggests the RI Center for Freedom & ...

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To GOVERNOR’S MEDICAID WORKING GROUP: A Proven Policy Idea to Save Money

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A proven and bi-partisan cost saving measure that has produced significant savings in other states has been recommended to state officials by the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity and its national partner, the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA).

It is well-known that fraud, abuse, and lack of enforcement plague many state and federal welfare programs, often resulting in wasteful spending and a potential lack of funds for the truly needy.

FGA’s recent “Stop the ...

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POLICY BRIEF: Welfare Reform in Rhode Island

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POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS: In tandem with plans to realign the institutional incentives of Rhode Island’s welfare services, the RI Center for Freedom and Prosperity recommends the following specific reforms:

  • Implement a cash diversion program for new enrollees. Thirty-three other states have such measures to provide lump-sum cash assistance in lieu of full enrollment in the state’s welfare program.
  • Decrease the lifetime limit for assistance through the state’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program from its current 48-month limit.
  • Enforcement. Increase accountability by implementing ...
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STATEMENT: Pension Settlement Leaves Critical Constitutionality Issue Unresolved

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April 3, 2015

Pension Settlement Avoids Most Critial Issue

Providence Journal Incorrectly Reports on Constitutionality
Legality of Pension Reform Still an Open Question
Providence, RI — Regardless of the details of the negotiated settlement of the state’s 2011 pension-cutting law, ...
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Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, February 2015: The Darker Way to Improve the Unemployment Rate

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If Rhode Islanders haven’t completely tuned out reports about the state’s unemployment rate, they may have heard the triumphant call, this week, that not only has their state climbed out of the lonely pit in the bottom three of the national ranking, but it’s no longer even last in New England. Looking at the data, however, shows how inapplicable a metaphor like “climbed out” is.

According to the federal Bureau of ...

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Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, January 2015: After Revision, Still in Decline

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The headline that people invested in Rhode Island’s status quo would like to see, based on the latest employment numbers for the state, is that the unemployment rate is now 6.5% — the best since early 2008 and fully eight slots from worst in the country. As the charts below show, such a headline would be misleadingly sunny.

According to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in January, a net 1,489 ...

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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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Center Issues Statement on Governor’s Proposed Healthcare Tax

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Summary: Explanations by the Raimondo administration about the Governor’s proposed surcharge on health insurance premiums appear to be misleading. The truth about the new tax expose four major concerns about how it is NOT comparable to the would-be federal exchange tax.
 
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March 17, 2015
Truth about the proposed HealthSource RI Tax
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CENTER’s STATEMENT on GOVERNOR’s 2016 BUDGET PLAN

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CENTER’s STATEMENT on GOVERNOR’s 2016 BUDGET PLAN

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March 13, 2015

2016 Proposed Budget Does Not Address Major Problems

No Game Changing Economic Ideas
Does Not Address Long Term Structural Deficits
Continued Special-Interest Spending

Providence, RI — Governor Gina Raimondo’s proposed FY-2016 budget plan provides no game-changing ideas to boost Rhode Island’s stagnant jobs market and overall economy and does little to improve the state’s poor-rated business climate or to address long-term structural budget deficits.

By shifting money from certain side funds to the general fund ...

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