BEST & WORST BILLS of 2016; PC Food Police in Schools Among Worst

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April 18, 2016
Elitist PC Food Police Would Limit School Ads to Government-Approved Products Only

Providence, RI — With students on break this week, they themselves would get a break from legislation that would restrict their exposure to only government approved food brands, as proposed by two bills that rank among the worst ...

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Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, March 2016: Up but Losing Ground

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Although Rhode Island’s unemployment rate held at 5.4% in March, the good news from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is that the two components of the rate were both in positive territory: Labor force was up 683, and employment was up 561.

Be that as it may, the first monthly chart shows that these relatively small increases weren’t enough to change the ongoing story of stagnant employment growth and ...

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Center Opposes Green Gateway as DOT Bait-&-Switch; Boulevard & Other Options Should be Considered

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April 11, 2016

Green Gateway an Obvious Hand Out to Special Interests; Like Toll Bill Itself, Fails to Consider Alternatives

Providence, RI — The Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity opposes the RI Department of Transportation’s proposed 6-10 connector “Green Gateway” project as an illegitimate political scam and as a potential fiscal disaster a la Boston’s infamous ‘big dig’ boondoggle.

“The Governor sold us a toll plan that was to repair decrepit bridges and roads. We were not sold ...

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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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