Mike Stenhouse, CEO for the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity, presented the findings from the Center’s Policy Brief on the Governor’s proposed “sales tax hike” to the Board of Directors of the RI Hospitality Association this morning. Also discussed was the upcoming “Eliminate the Sales Tax” report that the Center hopes to release before […]
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On March 22, CEO Mike Stenhouse presented research detailing the negative consequences Rhode Island might expect if the Governor’s proposed Sales Tax increase were to be implemented. See the full Policy Brief here … Listen to the Mike Stenhouse Radio Interview w/ Dan Yorke Watch Mike Stenhouse’s speech here on YouTube … See […]
Pension Data added for 1800+ Police and Fire Retirees for Central Falls, Warwick, East Providence, and Newport FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 20, 2012 Providence, RI – As part of National Transparency Week, the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity announced today the posting of new pension data on its popular transparency website, www.RIOpenGov.org . […]
COMMENTARY: by Mike Stenhouse and Rich Danker The centerpiece of the governor’s proposed legislation to let municipalities’ independent pension plans suspend annual cost of living adjustments (COLA’s), includes a ‘60% critical status’ test that may be irrelevant. While we support the concept of providing “tools” to Rhode Island municipalities, the distinction of which localities are in crisis – and […]
The Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity released a Policy Analysis today that demonstrates how the proposed “Tax The Rich” proposal that is contingent on a decrease in the unemployment rate, but which itself serves to increase the unemployment rate, is contradictory and counter-productive.
Rhode Islanders are suffering from a severely weak economy and our state needs to seek every competitive opportunity it can in order to attract and grow jobs. As demonstrated by the Report Card on Rhode Island Competitiveness, by many measures, Rhode Island is excessively uncompetitive in both New England and nationally, when it comes to growing and attracting business and high-paying, sustainable jobs.
One of the single most effective ways to provide the Ocean State with a new competitive edge is passing Right-To-Work legislation.
Grading “F” in 28 of 49 sub-categories, the Ocean State is failing its citizens in an appalling number of areas – in the first ever Competitiveness Report Card. Significant public policy reform is required to improve our state’s competitive standing and regional/national grades.
Center recommends use of existing funds or privatizing upgrades as preferred options Rhode Island ranks last or next to last in three major national highway, bridge and general infrastructure indexes. And so, there seems to be an inevitable push to repair some of the state’s most important bridges and highways by exacting new tolls on auto […]
Our Center has assembled another team of nationally renowned think tanks that will focus on the City of Cranston, Rhode Island by providing useful analysis and research. This follows our successful task force on the statewide pension crisis last fall. NEW – Cranston Police & Fire pension data now online! Click the title above to read more …
The freedom to choose is a staple of almost every component of life in America except perhaps the most important area – education. With all the talk about providing for our state’s neediest residents, we challenge our public officials to actually do something about it. Senators Ciccone and Walaska are called upon to take action to back up their own “School Choice Week” Resolution …