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.

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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...

Stenhouse OpEd & Testimony Video re. Bill to Socialize Healthcare in RI (H7819)

Stenhouse OpEd & Testimony Video re. Bill to Socialize Healthcare in RI (H7819)

  See related OpEd in the Providence Journal, July 3, 2014   ...

Center Calls on State to Suspend Childcare Unionization Law

Center Calls on State to Suspend Childcare Unionization Law

Based on today's U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the Center, as it warned last fall, calls on State and SLRB to undo unconstitutional law and resulting SEIU elections. [button url="http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=pjb6jgcab&v=001oBPX2EUZHJNiNI_jqT3U0slMFAE_6a1YZHdvRnYa7V81jSpC6w5...

State of the State

State of the State

Center's CEO discusses the recently passed FY-2015 budget, BIG QUESTIONS for gubernatorial candidates, and the state of the state on "State of the State" cable TV. Cable TV Interview [/button...

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, May 2014: The Silent Boom

Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, May 2014: The Silent Boom

Rhode Island's unemployment rate moved down by a notch, rather than a leap, in May, to 8.2%.  However, the 2,659 newly employed Rhode Islanders, according to official Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) figures, lead the nation in terms of growth. The downsides of these numbers are that they're simply...

House Budget Adopts 25% of Spotlight on $pending Recommendations

House Budget Adopts 25% of Spotlight on $pending Recommendations

But Leaves $168 Million of RI Taxpayer Dollars on the Table   The budget unveiled in the Rhode Island House Finance Committee, last week, showed a $13.3 million decrease in state spending, compared with the governor’s proposed budget.  Approximately $3.1 million of the reductions overl...

Commentary: 2-out-of-3 Ain’t Good Enough

Commentary: 2-out-of-3 Ain’t Good Enough

By Mike Stenhouse, CEO The 2015 state budget is now public. Corporate tax and estate tax cuts are in. Help for the middle class is out. In fact, the average worker is being asked to pay for reforms that benefit more well-off constituencies.  Why? It’s not just a matter of fairness; it’s a qu...

STATEMENT on FY15 BUDGET: Middle Class to Pay for Corporate & Estate Tax Reforms

STATEMENT on FY15 BUDGET: Middle Class to Pay for Corporate & Estate Tax Reforms

June 6, 2013 Sales Tax Cut Would Have Larger & More Immediate Impact Pointing to new broad-based taxes and fees that will especially harm the middle-class, that will also help pay for planned cuts for corporations and high-income individuals, the RI Center for Freedom and Prosperity sees l...


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