OUR MISSION: Imagine Rhode Island ... 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. We believe in the power of free markets and the capacity of free people to transform lives.  However excessive government spending, taxation, and regulation limit our opportunities. We advance policies that increase your freedom to fulfill your own hopes and dreams.

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 60 other state-based affiliates.

CHANGING LIVES: Our plan 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 transform 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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New Study: higher tax burden reduces state economic growth & population

New Study: higher tax burden reduces state economic growth & population

August, 2014 - We consistently hear Rhode Island lawmakers claim that citizens or the wealthy can "afford" some minor, new tax to pay for some new government project. That may be true in some cases. But what is also true, in almost all cases, is that OUR STATE'S ECONOMY CANNOT AFFORD THE TAX HIKE...

Legal Precedent to Ban Legislators from Running as ConCon Delegates

Legal Precedent to Ban Legislators from Running as ConCon Delegates

The RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity commissioned a legal brief by the Stephen Hopkins Center for Civil Rights to determine if any constitutional language or c...

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, July 2014: Job Trend Cools in Summer

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, July 2014: Job Trend Cools in Summer

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...

Stenhouse – Constitutional Convention – Video Testimony & OpEd

Stenhouse – Constitutional Convention – Video Testimony & OpEd

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/...

The Path to a Constitutional Convention

The Path to a Constitutional Convention

"Shall there be a convention to amend or revise the Constitution?” The Rhode Island constitution requires the Secretary of State to...

Center Holds “ABCs of School Choice” Event in Honor of Milton Friedman

Center Holds “ABCs of School Choice” Event in Honor of Milton Friedman

Know as the "father of school choice", Milton Friedman was feted on July 31 in Providence on what would have been his 102nd birthday! Because every child deserves a BRIGHT TODAY educational opportunity. ...

2014 Campaign: Six BIG Issues No One is Talking About

2014 Campaign: Six BIG Issues No One is Talking About

6 Big Questions Not Being Asked of the Gubernatorial Candidates With the 2014 Rhode Island gubernatorial campaign now shifting into high gear, the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity encourages the media, advocacy groups, and citizens to ensure that certain major policy issues are public...

List of Lasts RI

List of Lasts RI

July 22, 2014 Providence, RI - Calling it "a shameful failure of public policy and political leadership", the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity today published a List of Lasts RI, based on its revealing 2014 Report Card on RI Competitiveness, which was released last week. The List of L...

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, June 2014: Really Pushing Credulity

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, June 2014: Really Pushing Credulity

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...

Rhody Fails 2014 Report Card

Rhody Fails 2014 Report Card

3RD ANNUAL REPORT CARD ON RHODE ISLAND'S COMPETETIVENESS What will RI's political class do about Ds and Fs in 80% of the graded categories? What would you do as a parent? Will you put the same pols back in power this November? [button url="http://www.rifreedom.org/rireportcard/" target="_self...



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