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

Posted by:

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 question of economic stability.

Rhode Island’s poor economic performance and dismal jobs outlook can largely be attributed to high levels of taxation and regulation across all points of Rhode ...

Continue Reading...
0

Without Sales Tax Reform, 2-out-of-3 Ain’t Good Enough

Posted by:

Without Sales Tax Reform, 2-out-of-3 Ain’t Good Enough

RI’s 2015 includes corporate and estate tax reforms for big biz and the wealthy, but provides no relief for average family or worker. Read this unique commentary that takes a holistic look at the 3 phases of the economic cycle.

Continue Reading...
0

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

Posted by:

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 little in the budget that cleared the House Finance Committee yesterday that will aid struggling families and small businesses, in a statement released today.
The Center further urges lawmakers to modify the budget so as to ...
Continue Reading...
0

THEY KNEW! Lt. Gov. Roberts advised in 2009 that state exchange not viable!

Posted by:

THEY KNEW! Lt. Gov. Roberts advised in 2009 that state exchange not viable!

Ignoring the advice of her own specially convened study group, Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts and HealthSourceRI officials continue to tout a cost containment goal that the group advised is not achievable! The Center provides an analysis of this buried 2009 report.

Continue Reading...
0

OPINION. The RI “left” refuses to debate: What are they afraid of?

Posted by:

Opinion by Mike Stenhouse as appeared in the Providence Journal (May 9, 2014)

Mike Stenhouse: Left won’t defend failed R.I. policies

‘The price of freedom is eternal vigilance,” is a sentiment many have shared. Engaging in a spirited public debate is one form of such vigilance — a debate such as the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity conducted in late April. The core question was: Would we be better off with more government in our lives, or less?

Based ...

Continue Reading...
0

The Complete 3% Sales Tax Solution

Posted by:

The Complete 3% Sales Tax Solution

Major sales tax reform for RI has evolved from just a good idea into a complete solution.

Lawmakers can now consider: the need for reform, the right policy reform idea, evidence from other states, public support, fiscal notes, budgets savings, and budget management

 

Continue Reading...
0

Commentary: Redacted Legislator Names as IRS Protest

Posted by:

NOTE FROM THE CEO

Our Center created its annual Freedom Index and legislator scorecard in Rhode Island as a means of informing citizens which legislators have voted to protect our freedoms and which have voted to further encroach upon our liberties. Perhaps no freedom is more sacred to Americans than the right to free speech. However, a coordinated national attack has been mounted that would limit our Constitutional right to openly and rigorously debate public policy and to hold accountable ...

Continue Reading...
0

PolitiFact Should Fact-Check Itself in Bogus Ruling

Posted by:

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 week our Center published its Spotlight On Spending report. That same day the Providence Journal published a related OpEd piece that I co-authored along with David Williams of the ...

Continue Reading...
0

The “full” story about our Center

Posted by:

The “full” story about our Center

The recent front-page Providence Journal story about our Center did not tell the whole story. You deserve to know. Click on …

Continue Reading...
0

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

Posted by:

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?” …  Mike Stenhouse, CEO.

THE FULL STORY

In recent months, a national smear campaign was launched by left-leaning groups such as Progress Now and the Center for Media ...

Continue Reading...
0
Page 1 of 6 12345...»