At our Center, we know that the extreme levels of taxation and over-regulation forced on Rhode Islanders by an ever-growing government is the primary culprit in causing our state's sad performance. Look at it this way--- heavy handed action by a state government that mainly seeks to perpetuate itself, actually works against the best-interests of the very individuals it is supposed to be serving. Instead of seeking to grow prosperity, government seeks to grow itself controlling more of our lives, and denying the real people of our state their natural right to earn.
We also know that the progressive agenda is an assault on the human workplace. Indeed, the Ocean State is engaged in a battle of visions.The progressive agenda is transforming our home state - right before our eyes - into an anti-human-work hell. Their goal is to make a place where businesses face onerous regulatory and financial burdens, where worker attendance and productivity are compromised or replaced by automation, and where Rhode Island becomes a less attractive place for employers.
It is clear that the Ocean State needs a new direction, one that puts families first. A new coalition of reasonable voices is emerging to challenge the progressive-left with our Center in the lead. However, we believe that their vision will return during the 2018 session. Be on the lookout. Rhode Island is saddled with the 50th ranked business climate, 47th on the Jobs & Opportunity Index (JOI), and 45th on the Family Prosperity Index (FPI). It will take strong leadership to turn it around.
Contrast their regressive progressive vision with a positive, merit-based, market-friendly and pro-family vision of success and achievement. The Ocean State can be a place where more people realize a better quality of life, because more and better businesses are free to create more and better jobs. If that happens, our people can engage in meaningful, soul-fulfilling work. It is up to you to stand up. Thank you.
Mike Stenhouse, CEO