Free Market Solutions Help Rhode Islanders To Achieve Their Hopes & Dreams

We simply spend too much. With no major reforms and by capitulating to the progressive agenda, the 2018 state budget will be even more destructive for the people of Rhode Island. Despite disingenuous claims that no broad-based taxes were imposed and that spending has been cut, Ocean Staters will once again bear increased burdens to pay for the pet-projects of political leaders and advocacy extremists. The taxes we all must pay to support this bloated budget will continue to drag down our state. 
At the Center, we know that the high levels of taxation and over-regulation imposed in the ever-growing state budget is the main culprit in causing Rhode Island’s stagnant performance. Look at it this way, overspending by a government that mainly seeks to perpetuate and grow itself, actually works against the best-interests of the very people it is supposed to be serving. Instead of seeking to grow prosperity, government seeks to grow itself.
Even with the misguided hopes expressed by legislators based solely on a reduced unemployment rate, Ocean State families are hurting. Rhode Island suffers under the worst business climate in the country, and 48th rank on our Center’s Jobs & Opportunity Index. Also, we are the only state in New England to see its labor force decline in size in recent years, as hundreds of thousands of people have chosen to leave our state since 2004. This is not a recovery.
Working class Rhode Islanders will not feel benefits from the continued handouts to wealthy special interests. Corporate welfare will not do anything to enhance their ability to move up the income ladder.  Free market solutions can help Rhode Islanders to achieve their hopes and dreams. If only lawmakers were to realize that there are answers, we could restore prosperity to the Ocean State. I encourage you to speak out against the insiders who want further their own agenda, while your family is kept out of the process. Rhode Islanders want a state government that works for everyone not just the chosen few.

  • BasicCaruso

    “Also, we are the only state in New England to see its labor force decline in size in recent years, as hundreds of thousands of people have chosen to leave our state since 2004. This is not a recovery.”

    More nonsense masquerading as analysis. Any legitimate analysis would account for demographic changes before making pronouncements about the significance of such a decline… this just in, Baby Boomers are retiring in increasing numbers (gasp!).

    Yes, if only lawmakers enacted policies to prevent people from retiring. One can only hope.

    • Mike678

      Why don’t you do the analysis and prove the author wrong? Or is it easier for you to keep your illusions and live in denial?

      • BasicCaruso

        LOL, done…
        • The impact of the aging baby-boom
        generation on the labor force. The impact
        of the baby-boom generation on the composition
        and growth of the labor force will
        continue to be a key factor. As this large
        cohort ages, the increase in the share of the
        older labor force and, eventually, the exit of
        the baby-boom cohort from the workforce
        will be the main factor in lowering the growth
        of the labor force.

        • The stabilization of women’s labor force participation
        rates after years of remarkable
        increases. The growth rate of the labor force
        was much affected by the sizable increase in
        the labor force participation of women during
        the 1970s and 1980s. However, women’s
        labor force participation rates appear to have
        peaked at 60 percent in 1999. Every year since
        then, the participation rate of women decreased,
        reaching 59.3 percent in 2005.

        • Increasing racial and ethnic diversity. The
        labor force is expected to become even more
        diverse than it is now. Minorities, with higher
        population growth through immigration,
        higher fertility rates, and higher labor force
        participation rates, are projected to expand
        their share of the workforce considerably in
        the future.

        • Mike678

          And you call the authors work sloppy…

          Your link is to a federal document, which generalizes data over 50 states. Some states will meet that average, some won’t. Where does RI fit?

          “Also, we are the only state in New England to see its labor force decline in size in recent years, as hundreds of thousands of people have chosen to leave our state since 2004.”

          Is this wrong? Are we not the only state in NE to see it’s labor force decline in NE? If true, and you are claiming that retirees are causing this gap, then we must have more retirees/baby boomers than all the other NE states, no? Do you have any specific data to back up this claim?

          Then again,, perhaps our retirement perks for State workers are so generous they can retire earlier and move to FL. You may be on to something…. :)