The recent front-page Providence Journal story about our Center did not tell the whole story. You deserve to know. Click on …Continue Reading...
Posted by: Mike Stenhouse
“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?” … Mike Stenhouse, CEO.
In recent months, a national smear campaign was launched by left-leaning groups such as Progress Now and the Center for Media ...Continue Reading...
January 23, 2014
TO: Joint Sales Tax Study Commission #6
FROM: Mike Stenhouse, CEO
SUBJECT: Prepared Testimony Remarks
Good evening. I’d like to first thank the Commission members for their hard work and open minds when it comes to creating jobs and renewed opportunities for Rhode Island families via a new growth economy.
Today, Chairman Malik asked this Commission to consider how to manage the budget implications of potential sales tax reform in Rhode Island. So today, we’re going to talk about revenues and ...Continue Reading...
Stenhouse testimony from January 23, 2014- the testimony that was shut-down by commission members who didn’t want to hear the truth.
The Center informally compiled highlights from the first six Sales Tax Commission Hearings. Overall, every grassroots person and business owner who testified was in support of repealing or dramatically rolling-back the sales tax. Only insiders from the political class were opposed.
See the document here, which also provides detailed projections of the 0.0% and the 3% scenarios.
QUESTION: who ...Continue Reading...
OpEd by Mike Stenhouse, CEO, as it was published in the Providence Journal, 1/12/14
As the 2014 legislative session begins, the leaders of Rhode Island’s political class have signaled that they will not let themselves consider any big ideas to boost our state’s stagnant economy or to improve our dismal jobs outlook.
There has been much speculation about what issues the General Assembly will take up. Unfortunately, if recent history is our guide, legislators will do more harm than good, as they ...Continue Reading...
At the December 3 hearing of the Joint Legislative Commission to Study Repeal of the Sales tax, the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity defended the projections in its original Zero.Zero Sales Tax Report by the STAMP model, and also questioned the underlying assumptions of the REMI model used by the Rhode Island Department of Revenue to question those findings.
The Center is not alone in sharing its concerns about the REMI tool, a two prominent organizations have also published ...Continue Reading...
A employee of the RI Department of Revenue, also a member of the Special Joint Legislative Commission to Study Repeal of the State Sales Tax, provided lengthy testimony at the December 3 hearing that questioned the Center’s Zero.Zero report and the modeling tool the Center utilized (STAMP) in making its jobs and revenue projections.
CEO Mike Stenhouse provided a rebuttal and also introduced a 3% sales tax scenario during his testimony.
* Watch the ...Continue Reading...
Posted by: Mike Stenhouse
Commentary by Mike Stenhouse, CEO
Earlier this year I commented on how Rhode Island’s political class was living in a land of make believe. Today, we add PolitiFact-RI, the Providence Journal’s allegedly non-biased fact-checking arm, as yet another defender of the failed status-quo that resides in this fantasy world.Continue Reading...