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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RELEASE: 2015 General Assembly Scorecard & Freedom Index – Diminished Economic Justice

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January 7, 2016

Despite Claims of Moving Forward, Lawmakers Pushed Ocean State Backward in 2015
Broad Based Reform & Repeal Strategy Can Help Provide Equal Opportunity for all Rhode Islanders

Providence, RI — With the 2016 legislative session open this week, lawmakers are challenged to reverse the multi-year trend of a public policy record that has actually reduced the overall opportunity for economic prosperity in Rhode Island. This according to the 2015 General Assembly Freedom Index, ...

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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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STATEMENT: Senate 11 Election, State House Rally Prove Supporting Tolls is Political Suicide

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STATEMENT
January 6, 2016

Public Speaks Loud & Clear That Supporting Tolls is a Dangerous Road for Elected Officials

Providence, RI — At the same time yesterday that angered citizens were chanting “Stop Tolls Now” at a boisterous State House rally, citizens across the bay were similarly voting to ‘stop tolls now’ by apparently electing the anti-toll candidate in the Senate 11 special election, in what is widely considered a major political upset and a referendum against tolls.

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STATEMENT: Center Supports STOP TOLLS RI Rally. Concerns re. Big-Dig Type Cost Over-runs

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STATEMENT
January 5, 2016

REDUCING PROJECT COSTS BEST WAY TO ELIMINATE NEED FOR TOLLS

Providence, RI — The ongoing dysfunction and history of inefficiency at the RI Department of Transportation (RI DOT) would likely lead to “Big Dig” level cost over-runs for the Governor’s bridge and road upgrade project, unless a more efficient delivery model is utilized. This according to the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity, which encourages all concerned citizens to attend the rally organized by the StopTollsRI.com alliance, ...

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NOVEMBER JOBS SNAPSHOT: Lower Unemployment Rate Paints Inaccurate Picture

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December 21, 2015

RI Unemployment Rate Again Paints False Picture
Center to publish new Jobs & Opportunity Index in 2016

Providence, RI — For the second month in a row, the November unemployment rate for Rhode Island appears to paint an incomplete and misleading snapshot of the true jobs and economic picture in the state, according to a monthly analysis by the nonpartisan RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity. As in October, the lower state unemployment rate, ...

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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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Statement: Ocean State Jobs Picture Not As Rosy As It Seems

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November 25, 2015

RI Employment Picture Tainted by Dwindling Labor Force
Center to publish new quarterly jobs index in 2016

Providence, RI — The traditional monthly unemployment rate, widely reported by most news outlets, often paints an incomplete and misleading snapshot of the true jobs and economic picture in the state, according to a monthly analysis by the nonpartisan Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity.

While the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) measures six levels ...

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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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Center Receives Farm Bureau Award For Anti-RhodeMap RI Work

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Center Feted for Raising Awareness about
HUD & Federal Intrusion

November 19, 2015, Alpine Country Club in Cranston, RI

The RI Center for Freedom for Prosperity Accepts the RI Farm Bureau’s 2015 Navigator Award

The award recognized the Center “for being the faithful and undaunting watchdog and protector of freedom and prosperity granted to all Rhode Islanders,” in raising awareness about the federal HUD agenda implemented in RI called RhodeMap RI, which could threaten the ...

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