POLL: Why Rhode Islanders Want a Constitutional Convention

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POLL: Why Rhode Islanders Want a Constitutional Convention

 

- very interesting

October 22, 2013, Warwick, RI – last evening at the RI Taxpayer Association meeting in Warwick, the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity announced additional poll results from its September public opinion survey about likely-voter attitudes towards a Constitutional Convention, which will be decided on ballot Question-3 this November. The results show three-to-one support in to in favor of a convention and also show that arguments in support of a convention poll significantly stronger than arguments ...

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Workforce Participation Decline in RI Dismal for Women & Minorities

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Workforce Participation Decline in RI Dismal for Women & Minorities

Read how poor public policy in Ocean State is especially hurting non-white men!

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Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, August 2014: What Goes Up Comes Down

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Whether or not one believed the six-month boom in employment that government statistics proclaimed, the trend has turned around in Rhode Island.  The unemployment rate may have frozen at 7.7%, which is definitely an improvement over our nearly six years above 8%, but much of the credit goes to the large reduction in the labor force.

Even if fewer people are working, the unemployment rate goes down if an even larger number of people decide not to look for work.

The first chart below ...

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Center Launches Local Transparency Portal

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Center Launches Local Transparency Portal

Does your city or town have an open government website? Tiverton taxpayers are the very first!

Find out how you can shine light on your municipality’s operations. Contact the Center at info@rifreedom.org .

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New Study: higher tax burden reduces state economic growth & population

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August, 2014 – We consistently hear Rhode Island lawmakers claim that citizens or the wealthy can “afford” some minor, new tax to pay for some new government project. That may be true in some cases.

But what is also true, in almost all cases, is that OUR STATE’S ECONOMY CANNOT AFFORD THE TAX HIKES.

A new study by the nationally renowned Mercatus Center explains this cause and effect.

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Read below or go to the Mercatus page here; http://mercatus.org/publication/state-economic-prosperity-and-taxation

State Economic Prosperity and Taxation

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Legal Precedent to Ban Legislators from Running as ConCon Delegates

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The RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity commissioned a legal brief by the Stephen Hopkins Center for Civil Rights to determine if any constitutional language or case law exists that would impact the eligibility of a sitting elected official from running as a Constitutional Convention delegate, should voters approve ballot Question-3 this November.

Based on the legal brief below, the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity urges the special convention commission to recommend that the General Assembly, if and when a Constitutional Convention ...

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Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, July 2014: Job Trend Cools in Summer

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Whether or not there has been any tangible evidence, the statistics have suggested that Rhode Islanders’ job prospects boomed for the first six months of 2014.  The number of employed Rhode Islanders hit a ledge in July, but a state doesn’t lead the country in job growth without showing some gains relative to other states.

In the case of the Ocean State, it managed to slip its unemployment rate below those of the Southern states of Mississippi and Georgia.  For the ...

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Stenhouse – Constitutional Convention – Video Testimony & OpEd

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The Center’s CEO provides testimony & opinion about how a ConCon can be structured to best serve the people of Rhode Island and not the typical special interest insiders.

- Republished in the Providence Journal, 8/14/14 (click button above to read)StenProJoOpEdConCon

 

 

 

Stenhouse testimony at August 7, 2014 bi-partisan preparatory commission hearing … (click below)

Stenhouse testimony re. a ...

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The Path to a Constitutional Convention

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“Shall there be a convention to amend or revise the Constitution?”

The Rhode Island constitution requires the Secretary of State to place such a question on the ballot every 10 years. In 2004, this ballot initiative was narrowly defeated, 52:48 percent.   In 1984, Ocean State voters did approve a convention. This year, the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity expects a similar ballot question — to convene a statewide constitutional convention — to be approved by Ocean State voters in the ...

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Center Holds “ABCs of School Choice” Event in Honor of Milton Friedman

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Center Holds “ABCs of School Choice” Event in Honor of Milton Friedman

Know as the “father of school choice”, Milton Friedman was feted on July 31 in Providence on what would have been his 102nd birthday!

Because every child deserves a BRIGHT TODAY educational opportunity.

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