George Nee and RIFuture.org should be Called-Out for Promoting Misleading Info In promoting their plan to tax the rich, the Rhode Islanders for Tax Equity group recently put out a misleading video and chart attempting to equate a drop in Rhode Island’s income tax rates on the wealthy to the rise in the state’s unemployment rate. Absent any […]
About Mike Stenhouse
Mike Stenhouse founded the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity in 2011 and currently serves as CEO. Stenhouse earned a Bachelors degree in Economics from Harvard University, where he was also a two-time All-America baseball selection. A Cranston native who attended Cranston East, Stenhouse also enjoyed an 8-year professional baseball career, playing in the major leagues with the Montreal Expos, Minnesota Twins, and Boston Red Sox. Mike and his wife, Wendy, live in Cranston and have 3 sons.
Meet Jennifer Hushion. She’s one of the “rich” that some say we need to tax more. In our Center’s analysis of the ill-conceived “Tax The Rich” bill, we warned that not only would this tax harm our state’s fragile economy, but would also drive people, like Jennifer and her family, out of the Ocean State. Read […]
Our Center for Freedom has launched its new Journalism division – The Ocean State Current. Managing Editor is Justin Katz, who established AnchorRising.com as top political blog in the Ocean State. Check out stories and blogs at www.OceanStateCurrent.com …
MEDIA EVENT WHAT: State Report Cards Handed Out WHEN: Thursday, February 16, 3pm-4pm WHERE: RI Statehouse Rotunda Providence, RI — Legislators, staffers, and passers-by will have their competitiveness report cards handed out to them this afternoon at the Statehouse, but it is doubtful that many will want to take them home, as the Ocean State […]
The Governor’s proposed tax and fee increased will cost jobs for the Ocean State and will return less than 40% of the anticipated revenues due to depressed economic activity. Cutting taxes will produce jobs as well as boost our economy.
Excessive Government Worker Compensation Doubles the State Budget Shortfall, Reform would Disrupt the Union-Policymaker quid pro quo. A study released this week by the Goldwater Institute details the crippling financial impact of public-sector unionization. The study projects that a ban on collective bargaining and contracts could save Ocean State taxpayers $252 million per year in excessive government worker compensation. These […]
Visit the Closing The Gap home page here … Our Closing The Gap study has struck a cord with parents and students, as well as organizations either supporting or resisting comprehensive educational reform in Rhode Island. Below is a sampling: SUPPORTERS Rhode Island Statewide Coaltion (RISC) commends our think tank for bringing forth a significant education study The RI Statewide Coalition (RISC) […]
Republished as an OpEd in Providence Business News (January 2, 2012 edition) under the title “Public policy shouldn’t worry about ‘solving’ inequality.” *** As we observe the “Occupy” phenomenon, and as our local chapter prepares to hibernate for the winter, the issue of income inequality has become a national debate. Even as our President talks […]
Based in-part on the work of the Mercatus Center, which published a detailed report on the true scope of the unfunded pension liabilities facing Rhode Island municipalities as part of the national pension Task Force that our RI Center for Freedom formed, a local organization created an online, interactive map that allows you to click on each […]
by MIKE STENHOUSE In passing historic pension reforms in November, Rhode Island took a significant step in dealing with one threat to our state’s economic well-being. However, as if on cue, new issues are now coming to light. A waiting list of critical new challenges is quickly forming: municipal pension reform, unfunded health-insurance and […]