R.I. Center for Freedom & Prosperity: 2015 RI Report Card on Competitiveness Confirms Status Quo is Failing Rhode Islanders

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The grades are out, and once again the status quo fails on the 2015 RI Report Card on Competitiveness. When will the political class learn that their way is simply not working to reach their stated goals? If Rhode Island is to reform its way of conducting business, our elected officials must learn to place less trust in government-centric programs for every problem. We will never improve our state’s employment situation unless we adopted the need reforms that will allow Rhode Islanders to empower themselves to achieve their hopes and dreams. The 2015 report card decisively demonstrates the wreckage that decades of liberal policies have wrought upon our state.

The 2015 RI Report Card shows how Rhode Island’s political class continues to cater to special insiders, while depriving other Rhode Islanders of the opportunity for upward mobility, educational opportunity, and personal prosperity. In the major categories, Rhode Island was graded with two F’s, seven D’s, and one C. The two categories with F grades are Infrastructure and Health Care; the seven D’s are Business Climate, Tax Burden, Spending & Debt, Employment & Income, Energy, Public Sector labor, and Living & Retirement in Rhode Island; while Education received a C-. Among the 52 sub-categories evaluated, Rhode Island received 19 F’s, 24 D’s, 5 Cs, 3 Bs, and just one lone A.

These unacceptable grades should be a wake-up call to lawmakers that a government-centric approach is not producing the social justice and self-sufficiency that Rhode Islanders crave. By burdening the public with policies that discourage work and a productive lifestyle, the status quo is failing the people of our state. On the 2015 RI Report Card on Competitiveness, the Ocean State received “Ds” in the major categories of Jobs and Employment, and in Tax Burden. We must learn to trust in our people and remove the tax and regulatory boot of government off of their backs by advancing policies that empower the average family with choices, that reward work, and that grow the economy.

Only free market policy will transform the Ocean State by advancing policies that empower the average family with choices, that reward work, and that grow the economy. We can no longer tolerate Rhode Island falling further behind. The Center will continue to work tirelessly to promote policies like sales tax reform and school choice in order to help our fellow Rhode Islanders by unleashing their potential. We encourage you to help spread the word about the failing grades the status quo in Rhode Island received this year. You have power to change the Ocean State into a place where everyone can prosper. Thank you.



  • ShannonEntropy

    I got the *perfect* solution to all our economic woes … Let’s import ten or twenty thousand low-or-no-skill Syrian refugees to beef up our SNAP and TANF rolls

    That otter do it !!

    p.s. Did you see where the Pro·Jo rebutted the Right’s worry that most of those refugees are unemployed young men ??
    The Pro·Jo stated that “… only 2% … are young men of military age …”

    Uh huh ….

    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/09/Syrian_refugees_strike_at_the_platform_of_Budapest_Keleti_railway_station._Refugee_crisis._Budapest,_Hungary,_Central_Europe,_4_September_2015._(3).jpg

    • Mike678

      Projo/Pravda…not much difference.

      Progressive journalist process: Determine narrative, then cherry-pick ‘facts’ to support said narrative. Ignore all information counter to narrative. When confronted with facts that counter narrative, begin ad-hominem attacks.

      • Bill Quinn

        “Progressive journalist process”? Mike, you’ve been reading Justin long enough to be able to see how you “Determine narrative, then cherry-pick ‘facts’ to support said narrative.
        Ignore all information counter to narrative. When confronted with facts
        that counter narrative, begin ad-hominem attacks.” is done. He makes a living doing it! Please don’t short-change him.

        Why restrict your critique to a “Progressive journalist”? Why don’t you share with us what some examples of “fair and balanced” coverage is in your opinion.

        • Mike678

          I find Justin fairly open minded when people push back with a fact-based argument. As for biased progressive journalism conforming to a narrative, I can share plenty of examples, e.g., Rolling Stone magazines recent disaster…and it wasn’t the first. A simple goolgle search can point out many more…there are even books on the subject. Are progressives alone in biased journalism? Of course not, but please provide us some examples of conservative sophistry. Of course, as most of the media is liberal, conservatives are held to a higher standard and don’t get the pass the left does. Imagine, if you will, if President Bush had the e-mail and other issues Hillary has. It would be front page news for months…

          And while sharing, why don’t you show us where Justin resorts to unsupported smears and personal attacks as you just did? Show us where he attacked the person alone and not the argument. Dig deep.

          • Mike678

            Still waiting, “Bill”….. But not holding my breath….

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