The state of the State of Rhode Island is not good. Even as the rising national economic tide has lifted ships in all states, when compared with the rest of the nation, our Ocean State is severely lagging, and is in danger of sinking further behind if progressive policies continue to be implemented.
Perhaps no indicator more appropriately demonstrates the failure of the leftist status quo, than does the near-certainty that Rhode Island will lose one of its precious House seats in the U.S. Congress. The persistent jokes of family and friends “moving out of state” have now tragically manifested themselves into the harsh reality that our state is not competitive enough to see population growth on par with the rest of the country.
Despite false claims by political leaders, when compared with the nation as a whole, our Ocean State has would have 23,429 more jobs if our excessively liberal policies had not caused us to significantly lag behind the average national rate of recovery from the 2008 recession.
The Governor’s proposed budget would further deteriorate our state’s dismal business climate, further infringe on individual and constitutional rights, hasten erosion of our society’s moral compass – and would do nothing to improve educational outcomes. Combined with a General Assembly that is torn between advancing extreme political agendas and catering to special interest cronies (rather than advancing prosperity and freedom for its residents,) our state government is seizing more and more control over our lives, and leaving us with less opportunity for upward mobility.
In order for Rhode Island to become a more welcoming place to raise a family and build a career, the Center will be putting forth its 2019 legislative priorities this week. Please stay tuned.