At a cost of approximately $888 per year for each of Rhode Island’s one-million or so residents, a typical family of four is paying over $3500 annually to support the extravagant compensation programs for government workers, while the basic needs of their own families are being ignored by politicians.
Beyond these extreme financial costs, there may be an even more corrosive impact from this kind of political cronyism. People have lost trust in their government and are fed up with betrayals from lawmakers who have forgotten them, who cater to special interests like the teacher’s union bosses, and who make it harder to live and take care of their families – and to continue to reside in Rhode Island.
With a serious educational crisis in the Ocean State, no child should have to wait for tomorrow’s reform promises. School choice creates new educational opportunities for families.
Our Bright Today educational freedom scholarship idea can actually save money for Rhode Islanders. If the outflow of scholarship funds is less than the cost burdens associated with educating those students, then districts will actually save money.
Indeed, Rhode Island needs a new way of thinking if our state is to prosper. There are proven free-market reforms that can and will work, if only the political class will listen. It is up to each of us to change the status quo thinking.