Imagine Rhode Island as the most dramatic turn-around state in the USA, with restored economic competitiveness and renewed pride for our citizens. Imagine an environment where families, businesses, and shoppers flow into our state instead of out. Imagine a re-invigorated economy, jobs, a world-class educational system, and a return to statewide prosperity.

STATE THINK TANK: As the only free-enterprise public policy “think tank” in the state, our Center for Freedom provides timely research and analysis on important issues in RI, and is a proud member of the State Policy Network, working closely with over 50 other state-based affiliates.

CHANGING LIVES: Our mission is to relentlessly promote free-market solutions to solve the critical economic and educational issues we face at the state and local levels, so as to return prosperity to our Rhode Island citizens … and to change lives for the better!

COALITION BUILDING: Our Center hosts regular meetings attended by key reform and taxpayer advocacy groups in the state. These meetings provide an important forum where information is shared and where concepts for cooperative outreach and grassroots advocacy are hatched.


 

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The Great Ocean State Debate – Registration Now Open

The Great Ocean State Debate – Registration Now Open

ATTEND THIS ONE-OF-A-KIND DEBATE on April 26 @ URI with some of the nation's leading policy experts! Are we better off with more or less government in our lives? Are some public policies 'immoral'? [button url="http://www.rifreedom.org/debate/" target="_self" size="medium" style="royalblue"...

PolitiFact Should Fact-Check Itself in Bogus Ruling

PolitiFact Should Fact-Check Itself in Bogus Ruling

Update: PolitiFact acknowledges that the major elements of my statement were indeed true, before RULING that the statement was "Mostly False". Read their twisted logic here ...  Read the full story - what the PolitiFact article did not tell you - below. Commentary, April 4, 2014 Earlier this w...

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, February 2014: Still Last

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, February 2014: Still Last

Rhode Island's employment picture for February gives a positive impression, on first look. Put in the contexts of the past and of the country, however, it's not quite as sunny. On the first count, the numbers show a boom in employment, out of nowhere. We've seen such results every year for the pa...

Spotlight on Spending

Spotlight on Spending

Executive Summary This report identifies past, current, and future instances of non-essential or wasteful spending by the Stat...

The Economic Impact  of the Above-Market Deepwater Contract

The Economic Impact of the Above-Market Deepwater Contract

Published in Cooperation with the Beacon Hill Institute Deepwater Impact On December 13th, National Grid supplied new details about...

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, January 2014: Dead Last

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, January 2014: Dead Last

Rhode Island's 9.2% unemployment rate is worst in the nation by a half-percentage-point margin.  No other state really comes close.  Worse yet, for the first time since we started tracking these numbers, the Ocean State is the farthest in the union from its pre-recession employment peak. The firs...

RI Health Benefits Exchange Costs Exceeding Even Center’s Projections

RI Health Benefits Exchange Costs Exceeding Even Center’s Projections

Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Rhode Island, with both the health benefits exchange (called HealthSource RI) and the expansion of Medicaid to cover able-bodied low-income adults, has been a lesson in government operation. The policies were put into place — and over $100 million...

Fat Tuesday = Fat Rhode Island

Fat Tuesday = Fat Rhode Island

March 3, 2014 . RI one of only five "Fat Tuesday" states! . Rhode Island ranks among the five worst "Fat Tuesday States" when it comes to bloated interest expenses on debt per person, according to  data released yesterday by Truth In Accounting, and commented on today by the Rhode Island Ce...

Commentary: The Full Story, What the ProJo Did Not Tell You About Our Center

Commentary: The Full Story, What the ProJo Did Not Tell You About Our Center

Read the subsequent OpEd in the Providence Journal here ...  .  “Is it so unimaginable to our critics that there are indeed many people who volunteer their support to our Center, and who also believe that a limited, transparent government is the best interests of the average Rhode Islander?...

Non-Essential Spending in RI: How to Pay for Tax Cuts

Non-Essential Spending in RI: How to Pay for Tax Cuts

Non-Essential Spending in the Ocean State Budget Savings vs Job Creation February 24, 2014 Report Preview (check back in March for complete report) With the state of Rhode Island in economic crisis, and with massive structural budget deficits projected for years to come, Ocean State lawmakers...


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