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

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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 HIKES.

A new study by the nationally renowned Mercatus Center explains this cause and effect.

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Read below or go to the Mercatus page here; http://mercatus.org/publication/state-economic-prosperity-and-taxation

State Economic Prosperity and Taxation

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Legal Precedent to Ban Legislators from Running as ConCon Delegates

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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 case law exists that would impact the eligibility of a sitting elected official from running as a Constitutional Convention delegate, should voters approve ballot Question-3 this November.

Based on the legal brief below, the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity urges the special convention commission to recommend that the General Assembly, if and when a Constitutional Convention ...

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

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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 relative to other states.

In the case of the Ocean State, it managed to slip its unemployment rate below those of the Southern states of Mississippi and Georgia.  For the ...

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Stenhouse – Constitutional Convention – Video Testimony & OpEd

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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.

- Republished in the Providence Journal, 8/14/14 (click button above to read)StenProJoOpEdConCon

 

 

 

Stenhouse testimony at August 7, 2014 bi-partisan preparatory commission hearing … (click below)

Stenhouse testimony re. a ...

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The Path to a Constitutional Convention

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“Shall there be a convention to amend or revise the Constitution?”

The Rhode Island constitution requires the Secretary of State to place such a question on the ballot every 10 years. In 2004, this ballot initiative was narrowly defeated, 52:48 percent.   In 1984, Ocean State voters did approve a convention. This year, the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity expects a similar ballot question — to convene a statewide constitutional convention — to be approved by Ocean State voters in the ...

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“Shall there be a convention to amend or revise the Constitution?”

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“Shall there be a convention to amend or revise the Constitution?”

How a Constitutional Convention might benefit the Ocean State!  #ConConRI

Will you vote “Yes” or “No” this November?

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

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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.

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Six BIG Questions No One is Asking in the 2014 Campaign

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Six BIG Questions No One is Asking in the 2014 Campaign

What do the candidates for governor say?

Or other statewide and General Assembly candidates? Why are they and the media avoiding the BIG questions?

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2014 Campaign: Six BIG Issues No One is Talking About

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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 publicly addressed by the full slate of gubernatorial and other statewide and General Assembly candidates.

big-questionsEach of the issues below has the potential to significantly alter the future ...

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List of Lasts RI

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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 Lasts documents (19) distinct categories where the Ocean State ranks last, either nationally or regionally, in various national performance indices, as of ...

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