Center to Testify Against Bill to Create a pro RhodeMapRI ‘Rigged’ Affordable Housing Commission; Will Challenge Discrimination Charge in Language

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April 7, 2016
H 7989’s Misleading and Provocative Language Would Create Affordable Housing Commission Rigged with Biased Members

Providence, RI — The Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity today raises objections about a House bill that would create a commission, rigged to advance a federal agenda and the 2014 RhodeMap RI plan, and will suggest that the Center itself should be allowed to appoint commission members.

A hearing on H 7989 is scheduled for today at the ...

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Statement: EITC Expansion Superior to Minimum Wage Hike; Union Benefit?

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March 31, 2016
Minimum Wage Hike Will Cost Jobs; EITC Expansion Promotes Work

Providence, RI — The Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity believes that every Rhode Islander who strives to work hard should be able to earn enough income 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 productive goal.

With the debate on the state minimum wage to resume at ...

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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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JUNK DISCLOSURE: H 7147A Puts Donor Privacy at Risk

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Real campaign finance reform fairly discloses those who contribute to a political campaign. New “junk disclosure” laws would unfairly expose to political retribution, many donors to non-political activities of non-political charitable organizations.

H7147A, sponsored by Reps Edwards, Canario, Messier, Hearn, and Newberry, passed the House Judiciary committee and is scheduled for a full floor vote March 23. H 7147 (and its companion Senate bill – S 2369  sponsored by Joshua Miller ...

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Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, January 2016: New Year Not Off to an Early Good Start

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While Rhode Island’s January employment results from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) generally indicated continuing stagnation, one difference from last year is that the first results for the year didn’t show a large jump up that will later be revised down. They showed almost no bump; we’ll have to wait until next year to find out whether the trend of downward revisions will continue.

In a nutshell, the state ...

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Written Testimony submitted by CEO Stenhouse to Senate Committee on Finance and House Committee on Finance

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TO: Senate & House Committees on Finance    

re. RI Innovates

Good afternoon, my name is Mike Stenhouse, CEO for the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity. Today, I’d like to discuss two major concerns with this RI Innovates plan. First, the illegitimate process by which it was adopted; and second, the economic content of the plan itself.

As for the process: Make no mistake: “RI Innovates”, created by the Brookings Institution, was inspired by a national ...

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Center To Call on Governor, Committee Chairs to Delay Final Actions on Brookings’ RI Innovates Plan

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March 15, 2016

Legal and Legislative Issues Should be Resolved Before House & Senate Committees and the Governor Give Final Approval

Providence, RI — As will be detailed in testimony by its CEO this afternoon, the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity will call on political leaders to delay final approval of the RI Innovates plan, which does not meet statutory requirements, and whose rapid non-transparent adoption has raised new legislative concerns.

Paraphrasing state statute 42-64.17-1(d), before the proposed economic ...

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Stenhouse Testimony to Blast RI Innovates as “Illegitimate” at House/Senate Hearings

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March 15, 2016

Will Question Illegitimate Process – Citing Transparency, Ethical, and Legal Concerns

Providence, RI — As yet another example of state political leaders bypassing generally accepted good-government practices, the CEO of the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity, Mike Stenhouse, will detail the illegitimate process by which “RI Innovates”, a continuation of the controversial RhodeMap RI agenda, was adopted as Rhode Island’s official economic development plan.

Designed by the Brookings Institution with a grant of $1.3 million, the ...

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STATEMENT: Inadequacy of Unemployment Rate Exposed; New Family Prosperity Index a Superior Measurement

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March 11, 2016

Traditional Jobs Data Paints Inaccurate and Incomplete Picture
Center’s Claims Validated: Lawmakers Should look to Broader FPI Index to Understand True Well-being of Ocean State Families
Providence, RI — Today’s front-page Providence Journal story validated the findings of new national research released earlier this month, which indicates that Rhode Island families are not faring as well as lawmakers may currently believe. Per the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity, the Ocean ...

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