2016 General Assembly Once Again Producing Negative Results
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 16, 2016
Vast Majority of Bills and Lawmakers Already Deeply in Negative Territory
Providence, RI — General Assembly lawmakers in 2016 are on track to continue a multi-year, negative trend of public policy that will reduce economic justice for Rhode Islanders. This according to the 2016 General Assembly Freedom Index, an interactive, live tool published by the nonpartisan RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity.
To date, among the bills that have received preliminary ratings, and with only a minority of bills receiving votes, early results in the 2016 session include:
- (58) bills are rated negatively, with only (23) receiving a positive score, and (4) yet to receive a rating
- The many negative bills would total a (-92) net score, if all were to be voted on, while the few positive bills would produce a (+34) score, resulting in a net (-58) overall rating
- Only 12 of 113 lawmakers can currently boast a positive individual score, consisting of 4 Democrats and 8 Republicans, with 5 in the Senate and 7 in the House
- Interactive Scorecard – from 2012 thru 2015 sort and filter scorecard data by year, chamber, party, individual legislator, category, and/or by town
- 2015 Legislator Scorecard – legislator by legislator scores and votes on individual bills, party index with full sort and filter
- 2015 Freedom Index findings – additional details and charts of 2015 results
- 2015 Freedom Index Report – Downloadable PDF
About the Center
The nonpartisan RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity is Rhode Island’s premiere free-enterprise research and advocacy organization. The nonprofit Center is funded entirely by private tax-deductible donations and never accepts public funding. The mission of the 501-C-3 organization is to return government to the people by opposing special-interest politics and advancing proven free-market solutions that can transform lives by restoring economic competitiveness, increasing educational opportunities, and protecting individual freedoms.