Rhode Island Is Losing The Competition Between States – Look for Major Report by Center

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Although the state’s rank stayed the same, this month was not a good month for the state on the Center’s Jobs & Opportunity Index. Rhode Island remains last in New England at 47th place in the country. Employment was down another 521 people from the first-reported number for February, and the labor force dropped 1,234.
There is no indication that any political leader in the Ocean State has the bravery to steer the state’s ship in a winning direction. Encumbered by blind-dedication to a bloated budget, which itself is the state’s primary problem (with all of its taxes, fees, and mandates), political insiders have put forth no vision and are stuck in the rut of continuing the policies of stagnation.

In New England, New Hampshire leads the region, in 3rd place, nationally. Vermont fell a spot, to 12th place, while Maine held steady in 18th. Massachusetts and Connecticut also held their positions, at 36th and 42nd, respectively.

Why is it the case that Rhode Island is always stuck at the bottom of the pack? By heaping more privileges upon those who help get them elected, politicians continue to lose the trust of the people, who are also losing hope for our state. This is why the Ocean State will lose a prized US Congressional seat. The political class is driving away families & businesses.

Very soon, we will be releasing a major report on the excessive costs of collective bargaining in the Ocean State. This will be the biggest and most in-depth research project the Center has ever undertaken on any topic. Please be on lookout for this critical report.



  • D. S. Crockett

    “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.” DeTocqueville

    • Jimmy Adams

      I’m not convinced that a sufficient number of these events occurred to develop a trend like this. Furthermore, the U.S. is a Republic, not a Democracy. Actually, the only real Democracy that I can think of is Early Greece, but that is only one sample.

      • Rhett Hardwick

        There was the Roman Republic before the decline into Empire. Like the Greek, it was not truly a “popular democracy”. If memory serves, it did fail over economic issues, having been supported by conquest. It is well to remember that at the time of our Founding Fathers, a “classical education” was more, or less, standard (many in the first Congress read Greek and Hebrew). They were quite familiar with the decline and fall of early democracies. Cromwell, and his civil wars, making England a democracy, of sorts, were not that distant either. It is notable that under our Constitution, states determine who can vote, it is not a federal question. All federal deerminations of who can vote were accomplished by Amendments.

  • Rhett Hardwick

    I am always surprised at Vermont’s placement. My experience with it, about 20 years old, I that it is an impoverished state. Largely sustained by wealthy New Yorkers retiring there. I recall a conversation with an antique dealer about the poverty in Vermont. She replied “I’m from New Hampshire and we were poor, but at least we had pride”. I remember that on back roads, every house had signs offering about four services ranging from “tractors repaired’ to “deer gutted”.

    • ShannonEntropy

      Mrs Entropy & Yours Truly used to own a ski condo at Okemo Mountain near Ludlow, VT

      Our property tax bill for the < 1,500 sq ft place was more than a local farmer with 800 acres paid. When we said "WTF ??" to City Hall, they just blandly told us: "That's cuz HE votes here, and you don't"

      Dropping the "Taylor Swift Tax" was one of the stoopidest things the GA & Gina ever did
      … and that's saying a lot

      • Rhett Hardwick

        Most of my experience was around Killington. A friend still has a house on Killington, she is being hit with a huge “view tax” because she faces the mountain. She is a year round resident.
        Vermont humor. A tourist stops a farmer and asks “does it matter if I turn left, or right, just ahead to get to Killington”.
        Farmer “Not to me it don’t”. Seemed like all of the Vermonterswere wearing t-shirts which read “Not to me it don’t”.

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