The governor proposes (arguably) double-taxing online sales while ignoring a law that requires a sales tax reduction when the state starts taxing them once.
It isn’t true that Raimondo’s corporate crony tax credit programs mainly use new taxes from the companies that get them, even the Qualified Jobs handout.
A statewide elite in government and the media that ignores people whom they don’t like allows reckless governance that will ultimately crash the ship of state.
It’s that time of year, again, for charitable-sounding legislation to enter the scene and ensure that government controls every aspect of our lives and interactions.
The plan to turn college degrees into something that the government gives, rather than students earn, not only devalues degrees, but it also devalues us all.
Everyone concerned about the well-being of our state’s families should be alarmed by our unacceptable 48th-place ranking. It is time to challenge the status quo insider mindset and to search for a more holistic path to help real Rhode Islanders improve their quality of life. This week, the Center will co-host a forum at Bryant University, that will provide an ideal opportunity for community, religious, and political leaders to convene and begin the process.
As Trump’s perception of who is on “his team” expands to include political allies, the Right may have a champion to push back against the bullies.
The “Fair Shot Agenda” of progressive Democrats in Rhode Island is morally indistinguishable from a mob deciding to give somebody permission to steal somebody else’s money.
America should overcome its sense that only the private sector corrupts… and then limit the power of government.
Much to the detriment of the state’s rate payers, Deepwater Wind began generating electricity on December 12. Less than three weeks later, one of its five turbines broke (oopsie). As though wind energy isn’t already expensive enough, now we have to add the cost of making repairs thirteen miles out on the ocean. (‘Cause the cost of water and seawater-related repairs is always very reasonable, right, boat owners …?)
It probably was not a coincidence that the company made this embarrassing admission on a day – the Friday before Christmas – sure to glean the absolute minimum amount of public attention.
It isn’t clear that eliminating the car tax would actually increase sales in Rhode Island, and we can’t afford to let politicians manipulate us by our emotions.
Across the country, the “gig economy” has accounted for most new jobs, but Rhode Island (as usual) has been going the other way… and wallowing.
Policies that start by asking what’s best for inner city families will be conservative in nature and will prove activists who thrive on urban angst to be demagogic frauds.
Progressives become reactionary when it comes to big-government programs because they benefit from inefficiency and don’t trust freedom.
Rhode Islanders should take the Russian approach to economic development as a warning of the future when government consolidates authority over crony capitalism.
What responsibility do journalists have to properly frame “hate crime” hoaxes that accomplish the same goals for which we punish “hate crimes” more stringently?
The populism of Trump puts pressure on conservatives to propose a comprehensive revision of their typical playbook, and the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity may have a helpful suggestion.
The charter school debate in Providence brings out the point that government schools shouldn’t look to be expansionist, but policy should be set for student outcomes.
Condemning American society for leaving people behind tends to disregard the role of materialist, big-government policies in placing obstacles in the race.
Basketball relies on superstars and soccer on a solid team; RI’s progressive establishment likes the basketball approach, but the economy functions more like soccer.
Democrat Chairman and Representative Joe McNamara seems to consider the humanity of unborn children to be mostly a question of which political group will support him in a given election.
If the hacking-Russians story proves to be (as it appears) more spin attempting to undermine Trump, Democrats will lose credibility that America should want them to have as the opposition.
If bakers can’t choose their projects, what about film makers? Poets? Anybody?
Looking at a charter school debate in Providence and a home schooling question in Tiverton, the guiding principle of the state’s education system appears to be whether special interests can profit from a particular policy.
Having lured another 117,000 people into Medicaid, the state government of Rhode Island is going to plug them into an experiment that the progressive faction can use as “ammunition” in its political fight.
Without the motivation of the government plantation, Americans would find their comfort point and compromise on immigration.
Providence’s projected loss from expanded charter options uses arguable assumptions, but it inarguably shows how government puts itself first and treats students as produce in the government plantation.
The explanation for Brexit and Trump is not reactionary, in the sense of wanting to turn back the clock, but rather a reaction to the harm of self-serving progressive narratives.
The alt-right isn’t “white supremacy,” unless we take progressives’ absurd position that supporting the culture that enables the American dream is the definition of racism.
The argument for higher tuition (or taxpayer subsidies) at RI’s government colleges and universities suggests an alternative world in which a perverse variation of the rules of economics applies.