The Rhode Island Freedom Index
The Freedom Index examines legislators’ votes in terms of their likely effect on the free market, the size and scope of government, the balance of residents’ interests against those of public employees and beneficiaries, and the constitutional structure of a divided government with limited power over the people whom it represents.
Over the last five General Assembly sessions, the Center has evaluated 538 distinct pieces of legislation. We have recorded the associated floor votes in the House and Senate based on whether or not the legislation preserved or infringed upon individual, economic, or educational freedom. It is the core tenet of the Center that with greater freedom comes greater prosperity, or conversely, as is the case in the Ocean State, that a continued loss of freedom leads to the type of economic stagnation that Rhode Islanders have suffered from over the past decade.
The overall Rhode Island General Assembly is index score of -54.1 indicates that the General Assembly moved Rhode Island in the wrong direction, albeit slightly less than in the prior year, and that Rhode Islanders are less free than they were in 2015. (The lowest possible score is -100.)
The Freedom Index Reports:
Freedom Index Media Samples:
4/31/16 The Warwick Beacon: Rep. Morgan scores top on ‘subjective’ House Freedom Index
10/30/14 The Warwick Beacon: McNamara debunks legislative scorecard
10/17/14 GoLocal Prov: The Scoop: Legislative Scorecard Released, Darrell West on Hardball, and More
5/4/14 The Providence Journal: Political Scene: R.I. pols got around, from Miami to Moscow
4/30/14 GoLocal Prov: NEW: RI Center for Freedom and Prosperity Releases 2013 Scorecard