Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, September 2014: What RI Worry?

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Rhode Island was one of only 14 states to lose employment in September, according to data from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).  Unemployment in the Ocean State fell to its lowest level since June 2008 (7.6%), but the “improvement” of that metric continues to result from the fact that more people are giving up and leaving the labor force than are losing their jobs, each month.

The first chart below shows the large (and likely-to-be-revised-downward) increase in employment ...

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Delegation from Warren Ranks Last in Freedom Index

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Warren Last, East Greenwich First
In 2013-14 Freedom Index Rankings

Based on the Freedom Index scores of the General Assembly delegations from each of the 39 cities and towns in Rhode Island, Representatives and Senators from the town of Warren, as a group, scored the lowest; indicating that this group voted on legislation that most infringed the individual, economic, or educational freedoms of Rhode Islanders. Conversely, and despite scoring ...

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RI General Assembly 2014 Session Freedom Index

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RI General Assembly 2014 Session Freedom Index

Download: Freedom Index 2014 Scorecardlegislator votes, bill explanations, and rankings

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2014 Freedom Index Findings

Ninety-nine (99) different pieces of legislation (counting companion bills once) were evaluated.  The Center judged 76 of them as having a negative effect on freedom.

The average legislator index score of -49.4 indicates that the General Assembly moved Rhode Island in the wrong direction, and that Rhode Islanders are less free than they were in 2013. That result ...

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Freedom Index: Description and Methodology

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The index examines legislators’ votes in terms of their likely effect on the free market, the size and scope of government, the balance of residents’ interests against those of public employees and beneficiaries, and the constitutional structure of a divided government with limited power over the people whom it represents. The Center reviewed every bill that received a roll-call vote by the full membership of either chamber and selected 96 that fit its ...

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Center Rates Fung Sales Tax Reduction Plan

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October 14, 2014 – Providence, RI: The Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity released today a scoring-summary of the sales tax reduction plan offered by gubernatorial candidate, Allan Fung, who proposes to gradually reduce the state’s sales tax rate to 5.5% over the next four years from its current level of 7%.

According to the Center’s economic modeling program, RI-STAMP, the Fung plan would produce the following ‘dynamic’ results for the Ocean State job market and for state and municipal ...

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POLL: Why Rhode Islanders Want a Constitutional Convention

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POLL: Why Rhode Islanders Want a Constitutional Convention

- very interesting

October 9, 2014; East Providence, RI  - The Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity released figures from its recently commissioned poll at a lunch forum this afternoon at the Squantum Association in East Providence. Based on the results the Center recommends that voters “approve” RI ballot Question #3 to convene a Constitutional Convention.

At the forum, which featured nationally renowned anti-tax crusader, Grover Norquist, and former RI gubernatorial candidate, Ken Block, the Center released portions of a public opinion poll ...
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Rhode Island Employment Snapshot, August 2014: What Goes Up Comes Down

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Whether or not one believed the six-month boom in employment that government statistics proclaimed, the trend has turned around in Rhode Island.  The unemployment rate may have frozen at 7.7%, which is definitely an improvement over our nearly six years above 8%, but much of the credit goes to the large reduction in the labor force.

Even if fewer people are working, the unemployment rate goes down if an even larger number of people decide not to look for work.

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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 Launches Local Transparency Portal

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Center Launches Local Transparency Portal

Does your city or town have an open government website? Tiverton taxpayers are the very first!

Find out how you can shine light on your municipality’s operations. Contact the Center at info@rifreedom.org .

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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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