Whether it’s removing market signals with a value-added tax or creating incentive to block new children through zoning, public policy shouldn’t remove its red flags and should seek to address original problems, not symptoms.
As Baby Boomers set their eyes on Millennials and their efficiency toys, we’ll miss something important if we let GenX indulge in its loner inclinations.
Reporting about the budget’s change in payments to hospitals for uncompensated care raises more questions than it answers, pointing to the complexity of government spending and the vulnerability of taxpayers.
The two interpretations of the feds’ raid against Trump lawyer Michael Cohen could set off another explosion along the political fault line that divides our country.
Offloading more of the expense of raising children onto government won’t solve the underlying cultural dynamics that are leading the Western world toward extinction.
Gun control is the goal, right now, and the Left is running the plays that worked on same-sex marriage; anybody who values a particular Constitutional right should be figuring out how to threaten the elites’ ability to define status.
The governments of Fall River and Tiverton are utilizing their property for reasons that show shifting property to government doesn’t ensure that it will always remain sacrosanct.
Oppressive Regulations Harm Low Income Families. Hair braiding is a generational and practical African-style art-form for Jocelyn DoCouto and her family, which hail from Senegal and Cape Verde. Yet, unable to afford the burdensome levels of fees and training required to receive permission from the government to legally work in a field that presents no safety risks, Jocelyn, as well as other would-be entrepreneurs, are not able to operate a business that would provide them hope to achieve financial independence.
Religion that lacks consistency loses its claim to revelation, and believers must be prepared to face trouble when trouble finds them.
As Providence College is roiled in debate over the proper balance between Catholicism and modern liberalism, Brown University is found to host almost exclusively left-wing speakers.
In the Providence Journal this week, Wendy P. Warcholik and J. Scott Moody write, “This growing number of children in Rhode Island without a solid familial foundation should give us all pause. This is not a problem that is going to just go away, and we must find ways to help these children before tragedy strikes, perhaps in your own neighborhood.”
Newport restaurant employees’ outrage at a Trump initiative to end Obama’s power-grab nationalizing tip policy show a strange aversion to letting other people do things differently.
Rhode Island licenses 72 of 102 occupations studied by the Institute for Justice, far more than most states. Such burdensome licensing mandates hurt lower-income families most and harm economic growth.
Digging into the results of the new WPRI/RWU poll, perhaps some adjustment of our assumptions about women and young voters is in order.
At our Center, we know that the extreme levels of taxation and over-regulation forced on Rhode Islanders by an ever-growing government is the primary culprit in causing our state’s sad performance. Look at it this way— heavy handed action by a state government that mainly seeks to perpetuate itself, actually works against the best-interests of the very individuals it is supposed to be serving.
Portsmouth Concerned Citizens (PCC) alerts the public to a non-transparent adjustment that the town auditor made to make a deficit disappear without following the legal process.
The proper role of state and federal governments should be to deter fraud, enforce contracts, and arbitrate disputes. Clear, consistent, and limited government maximizes innovation and competition. Reliable internet access encourages and accelerates economic growth and development.
We’re reaching the point that political exploitation of the natural flexibility in any human agreement, including the Constitution, is eliminating its ability to keep us cooperative, rather than confrontational.
Last week, we told you about a thorny issue that highlights the danger of the progressive-left’s agenda to control our lives through political correctness. I am pleased to report due to coalition efforts we were able to see the bill pulled from committee.
Identity politics makes it impossible to change our minds or compromise, leaving only domination or segregation.
Occupational licensing keeps the poor poor and makes the rich richer, and the only rational way out is less government, not more.
The dynamics of rent control and public debate pit dry lessons by people with no incentive to promote them against heart rending stories from activists, leading to bad policies that hurt everybody but a lucky few… and the activists.
If Laborers union rep Michael Sabitoni wants to accuse the Center of wanting people to die, perhaps he should be a little bit more thoughtful with his numbers.
The seemingly minor travails of former Providence Democrat Chairman Patrick Ward provide a lesson in Rhode Island politics and the direction that seemingly unrelated trends are taking us.
When Rhode Island representative and lieutenant governor candidate Aaron Regunberg tells us what he really wants, he let’s us know that it’s power to take people’s money and tell them what to do.
When the RI Senate Finance chairman complains to the municipality for which he’s a contracted lawyer that it wants more work than his contract allowed, it raises the question of whether he can work on a budget that gives his client millions of dollars.
At the very first stages, what precisely constitutes a human life? Will our society even bother to think much about that question?
Leveraging the inefficiency of government to create incentives for good behavior is brilliant, but only highlights how backwards we’ve gotten things.
Overriding “pox on both their houses” equivalence in economic philosophy is the reality that occupational licensing protectionism harms vulnerable people.
The legislative onslaught from the left has begun. As the poster child of their desire for government-control over the lives of residents and businesses, Rhode Island’s progressive-Democrats announced they will introduce legislation this week to establish an estimated $13.2 billion single-payer health insurance system.