Despite the false hopes expressed by lawmakers based solely on a reduced unemployment rate, Rhode Island families are hurting. The Ocean State suffers under a terrible business climate, and remains stuck 48th rank on our Center’s Job’s & Opportunity Index. Just this week, it was announced that Benny’s, a Rhode Island institution, is closing. Furthermore, Rhode Island was the only state in New England to see its labor force decline in size in recent years, as hundreds of thousands of people have chosen to leave our state since 2004. This is not a recovery.
We know that that the high levels of taxation and over-regulation imposed for the sake of the progressive vision are the primary culprit in causing this stagnant performance. We’ve identified just 15 bills that would potentially cost Rhode Islanders over Six BILLION dollars. Put another way, overspending by a government that primarily seeks to perpetuate and grow itself, actually works against the best-interests of the very people it is supposed to be serving. Instead of seeking to grow prosperity, government seeks to grow itself.
What is really in the best interests of Rhode Island families? The progressive approach is a failure. How can we possibly hope to attract a company like Amazon when we can’t even get the basics right? Yet, for decades, politicians have practiced allegiance to the size of state government, as opposed to the allegiance they are sworn to uphold to the people of Rhode Island. It should now be clear that this progressive-left, big-spending agenda has failed those same Rhode Islanders. It is a battle of visions.
Indeed, one thing is clear. The progressives’ extremist agenda can no longer be denied. Rhode Island progressives now overtly advocate for government control over industry, for control over employers, and for control over all of our lives. If only lawmakers were to realize that there is a better way, we could restore prosperity to the Ocean State. I encourage you to speak out against the insiders who want further the progressive agenda, while your family is kept out of the process. Rhode Islanders want a state government that works for everyone not just the chosen few.