Rhode Island was one of only 14 states to lose employment in September, according to data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Unemployment in the Ocean State fell to its lowest level since June 2008 (7.6%), but the “improvement” of that metric continues to result from the fact that more people are giving […]
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Download: Freedom Index 2014 Scorecard; legislator votes, bill explanations, and rankings Go to main Freedom Index page. NOW LIVE! Interactive Scorecard 2014 Freedom Index Findings Ninety-nine (99) different pieces of legislation (counting companion bills once) were evaluated. The Center judged 76 of them as having a negative effect on freedom. The average legislator index score of -49.4 […]
Whether or not one believed the six-month boom in employment that government statistics proclaimed, the trend has turned around in Rhode Island. The unemployment rate may have frozen at 7.7%, which is definitely an improvement over our nearly six years above 8%, but much of the credit goes to the large reduction in the labor […]
Whether or not there has been any tangible evidence, the statistics have suggested that Rhode Islanders’ job prospects boomed for the first six months of 2014. The number of employed Rhode Islanders hit a ledge in July, but a state doesn’t lead the country in job growth without showing some gains relative to other states. […]
The Center’s CEO provides testimony & opinion about how a ConCon can be structured to best serve the people of Rhode Island and not the typical special interest insiders. [button url=”http://oceanstatecurrent.com/opinion/a-constitutional-convention-in-rhode-island-citizen-democracy-in-action/” target=”_blank” size=”medium” style=”royalblue” ] OpEd on The Ocean State Current [/button] – Republished in the Providence Journal, 8/14/14 (click button above to read) […]
You’ll never guess what Rhode Island’s unemployment rate did in June. It went down again! To 7.9%. That’s still worst in the country (tied with Mississippi), but Rhode Island has now had its best six months of employment growth in recorded history. For the past three months, the Ocean State has had the most employment growth […]
Rhode Island’s unemployment rate moved down by a notch, rather than a leap, in May, to 8.2%. However, the 2,659 newly employed Rhode Islanders, according to official Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) figures, lead the nation in terms of growth. The downsides of these numbers are that they’re simply difficult to believe and that, even […]
But Leaves $168 Million of RI Taxpayer Dollars on the Table The budget unveiled in the Rhode Island House Finance Committee, last week, showed a $13.3 million decrease in state spending, compared with the governor’s proposed budget. Approximately $3.1 million of the reductions overlap with the Spotlight on $pending report that the RI Center […]
At least according to the statistics, Rhode Island’s employment picture is improving, but it’s relatively unchanged in comparison with the country… and it’s increasingly difficult to believe the statistics.
The Center’s proposed strategy for managing the transition to a 3% sales tax in Rhode Island.