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Center Provides Testimony on Key 2013 Bills

The RI Center for Freedom and Prosperity submitted the following pieces of testimony to the appropriate House and Senate committees regarding proposed 2013 pieces of legislation.

As an IRS approved, 501-C-3 nonprofit organization, the Center is not allowed to openly advocate ‘for’ or ‘against’ a specific bill, however we can provide testimony with regard to research and perspective relative to the underlying issue contained within the bill. 

HOUSE FINANCE COMMITTEE:

May 15 (H5365) – Stenhouse, Katz and expert panel present the entire case to bring the sales tax to Zero.Zero%

Capitol TV Video of the Hearing (Stenhouse @ 18:00 mark; Katz @ 56:00 mark) .

Stenhouse-Written Testimony-H5365

May 8 (H5751 & H5805) – Justin Katz on proposals to raise state income tax rates. Written testimony and live excerpts at the ehearing. katz-testimony-housefinance-taxtherich-050813; See video from the hearing (19:25 mark)

HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE:

May 8 (H5321) – the Center on proposals to modify Rhode Island’s litigation laws to ensure that defendants are liable ONLY for their percentage of fault. Written testimony only LegalClimate-H5321

Online Merger of The Ocean State Current and Anchor Rising

Providence, RI — The Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity announced today that its online journalism and commentary wing, The Ocean State Current, will be merging the content of Anchor Rising into a single location on The Current’s existing website and URL.
The co-branded joint venture, launched today at OceanStateCurrent.com, will now also feature content from an experienced team of Anchor Rising contributors who set the standard for conservative blogging in Rhode Island, including Andrew Morse, Marc Comtois, Monique Chartier, and Patrick Laverty.

Founded in 2004, Anchor Rising is Rhode Island’s most prominent blog for conservative news and commentary about politics and public policy. Justin Katz, one of Anchor Rising’s founding members, and editor of The Ocean State Current, also serves as the Center’s research director. “Moving the state forward toward less-waning waters’ is arguably no longer sufficient at a time when the keel appears to be scraping the bottom of the bay. We’ve reached the point of dredging, and that requires greater focus and greater unity of purpose”, said Katz.
RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity CEO Mike Stenhouse says, “With this new quality content, we feel the Current-Anchor website is now the premiere online opinion area for advancing free-market, small government views in the entire state.We also intend to continue producing hard-hitting investigative journalism pieces as with the recent stories about excessive overtime payments to government workers.”

Anchor Rising’s deep archives will remain in their original locations on the Internet, and readers can access the original archive site through the arvhive link on the new, combined page.