Ocean State Exodus: We Are Losing Productive People


No single indicator should be of more importance to lawmakers and civic leaders than whether or not our state is retaining and attracting talented and productive people.

The opportunity for prosperity is a primary factor in the migration of families from state to state. In this regard, our Ocean State is more than just losing the race. Far too many Rhode Islanders are fleeing our state, leaving a swath of empty chairs at our family dinner tables. We are seeing a full on exodus out of our beloved home state.

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Why are things this way? Rhode Island is merely maintaining its overall ranking of 47th worst in the country on the Jobs & Opportunity Index (JOI) developed by our Center.

With the eighth highest property taxes in the country, a major encumbrance within an overall anti-taxpayer and anti-business climate that has dropped Rhode Island into bottom-10 rankings in a number of critical national indexes, the excessive costs of collectively bargained government services can be directly linked to this statewide problem. Rhode Island taxpayers may be paying up to $1.1 billion too much for collectively bargained government services.

Read more now on RIFreedom.org about the excessive costs of collective bargaining that are driving people from our state. Remember, things do not have to be this way in Rhode Island, but it is up to each of us to change them.

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