As printed in the Providence Journal Op Ed section, 11/15/2012 On Nov. 10, a single page of The Journal featured two articles that tell us all we need to know about Rhode Island’s misguided approach to economic development and our dismal economy. While Rhode Islanders struggle to control their families’ financial security, our state looks […]
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.
Providence — A member of the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity’s special pension task force will serve as a panelist at the “Pensions in Peril” forum today, October 25 (Thursday afternoon), sponsored by the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University. The forum will feature national and local experts about how municipalities are […]
October 11, 2012 Press Conference: Mike Stenhouse, Revised & Extended Remarks “Get Government Out of the Way” Solution Good morning. Today, the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity recommends a free-market, get-government-out-of-the-way approach to restore Rhode Island’s struggling economy. Rhode Islanders want to be in control of their own lives. They want to know that if […]
Do we want to be an Entitlement State or a State of Prosperity? OpEd by Mike Stenhouse; as published in the Providence Journal (7-29-12) What kind of state do Rhode Islanders really want? Who will provide the vision and leadership that will lead to renewed opportunities and prosperity for our citizens? Rhode Island has the second […]
Quick Links: further analysis of 2013 budget; Report Card on RI Competitiveness 2013 Budget Fails to be Bold I don’t know about you, but the spectacle of General Assembly members congratulating each other for passing a self-proclaimed “bold” 2013 Budget for Rhode Island and outwardly celebrating by pointing out the tax hikes that they didn’t […]
Kevin Mooney has appeared on Breitbart and Glenn Beck FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 12, 2012 Providence, RI — The Ocean State Current, the news division of the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity, announced today that Kevin Mooney will join its staff as Investigative Bureau Chief. “Accountability and transparency are vital to our democracy,” […]
Oped by Mike Stenhouse published by the Providence Journal on June 3, 2012 See the ABC-6 interview on this OpEd here … When All-Star, world champion and potential Hall Of Fame pitcher Curt Schilling stepped from the dugout into the corporate board room, and then into the public-policy arena, he did what most of us did […]
The article below reinforces the concept that our Center’s pension task force has been saying for many months … that state and municipal entities are dramatically understating the true scope of their unfunded pension liabilities. FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES, May 27, 2012 Public Pensions Faulted for Bets on Rosy Returns By MARY WILLIAMS WALSH […]
TAX THE RICH? Imagine that the Red Sox decide to levy a tax on superstar players like David Ortiz. After all, it’s not fair that Ortiz should get all those at-bats where he can hit home runs, RBIs, and otherwise produce results for the team. No, instead, Ortiz should give 9.9% of his at-bats to players on the bench, who don’t get to play as much. FOR HOW LONG WOULD ORTIZ STAY IN TOWN?
Utilizing private-sector valuation, every locality in Rhode Island would be funded below 60 percent, according to this same Mercatus report. We question, then, why there should even be a “critical status” test in the legislation.