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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Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, June 2014: Really Pushing Credulity

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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 has had the most employment growth (as a percentage) in the entire country.  It’s boom-time in the Ocean State, even if we’re still at the wrong side of just about every ...

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

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

 

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Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, May 2014: The Silent Boom

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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 difficult to believe and that, even if they’re accurate, the state’s employment situation is still abysmal.

The first chart below illustrates the first downside. If we believe the lines that the government ...

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House Budget Adopts 25% of Spotlight on $pending Recommendations

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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 overlap with the Spotlight on $pending report that the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity released in March, after a review of the governor’s proposal.

Another $52.9 million in Spotlight on $pending suggestions were in the budget, but ...

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

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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 ...
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Center’s Testimony Shoots Down HealthSourceRI’s Major Claims to Justify Continued State Operations

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CEO Mike Stenhouse’s full written testimony can be viewed here.

 

 

Following a House Finance Committee hearing Wednesday on H7817 that would send the state’s health insurance exchange to the federal government, Mike Stenhouse, CEO for the RI Center for Freedom and Prosperity, commented that “virtually every major claim made by HealthSourceRI in defense of its own costly ...

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Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, April 2014: Increasingly Hard to Believe

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Rhode Island’s unemployment rate took another large leap downward, to 8.3%.  The bad news is that the same is true across most of the country, so the Ocean State is still last.  The worse news is that there still doesn’t seem to be much by way of alternative evidence of this boom.

The first chart below illustrates why some healthy skepticism continues to be in order. After many years of general stagnation, February through April 2014 arrive as a ...

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