Entries by RI Center for Freedom

Testimony: Opioid tax bill would harm families and businesses across Rhode Island

To: RI Senate Committee on FinanceFrom: Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity, Mike Stenhouse Subject: Written Testimony re. Opioid Stewardship Act (S0798) Chairperson Conley, Jr. and Committee Members: As CEO for the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity, a non- partisan research and advocacy organization, I would like to provide some background re. S0798, which is […]

Perpetual Contracts Will Keep Rhode Island in Perpetual Decline

Providence, RI— Statement from Mike Stenhouse, CEO for the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity on the “perpetual (evergreen) contracts” legislation that was signed into law today by the governor: “The number one driver of the Ocean State’s declining population and jobs numbers –  are high property taxes. Our Public Union Excesses report clearly connects high property taxes with […]

CENTER Refutes NEA-RI Claims about its Cost of Collective Bargaining Report

Unions Respond with Mindless Attacks and Unsubstantiated Claims Teachers Union Response Addresses the Wrong Points Correction Providence, RI— The Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity refutes the unsubstantiated and off-target claims made last week by two government union officials in publicly responding to the Center’s Public Union Excesses report. The eye-popping report details how Ocean State taxpayers are dishing out […]

CENTER’S NEW REPORT: Public Unions Cost Rhode Islanders $888 Million Per Year

Property Taxes on Families & Businesses Driven Up By 25% “Firefighter Overtime” and “Evergreen” Bills Would Give Unions a More Unfair Negotiating Advantage Providence, RI– With two-thirds of the statewide burden heaped on local taxpayers, Rhode Island property taxes would be 25% lower were it not for the ‘excessive’ costs imposed on families and businesses […]

Jobs & Opportunity Index (JOI), March 2019: In Need of a Turnaround… Soon

Although its rank did not change, March was not a good month for Rhode Island on the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity’s Jobs & Opportunity Index (JOI). With four of the 12 datapoints’ changing, RI is still 47th in the country, but slippage in employment and income brings a warning sign of things that […]

Progressive Policies Sink Ocean State Back into the Bottom-10

Providence, RI– How much bad news can our state absorb before its political leaders change course, asks the Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity? Fittingly, it is on Tax Day that high taxes once again are cited for sinking the Ocean State. Despite a booming national economy, many recently published metrics show Rhode Island […]

Legislation to Avoid SALT Cap Named Bad Bill of the Week

Rhode Island lawmakers continue to stick their heads in the sand when it comes to the stagnant Rhode Island economy and weakening jobs market. Instead of directly addressing the core issues that are producing these negative outcomes, which run counter to positive national trends, the political class prefers to divert attention to band-aid policies that […]

Jobs & Opportunity Index (JOI), February 2019: Employment and Jobs Turn Down

Given the short time between reports, only three of the 12 datapoints of the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity’s Jobs & Opportunity Index (JOI) have changed for February, but the changes are important. After a disappointing downward revision of Rhode Island’s employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) wiped away most of […]

March, 2019 – the Bad Bill of the Week: So-Called Fair Employment Practices Legislation is Immoral

Once again, politically correct legislation is being advanced in the General Assembly based on a progressive-contrived myth; legislation (H5659 and S0509) that could impose the most extreme employment burdens on Rhode Island businesses than in any other state in the nation – all for an imagined problem that does not exist! Mandating equal income outcomes […]