Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity

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Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity
Logo Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity.png
Motto"Freedom is indispensable to our well-being and prosperity"
Founded atProvidence, Rhode Island
TypeNonprofit 501(c)(3)
MethodsPublic policy research
Mike Stenhouse
Revenue (2015)
Expenses (2015)$298,003[1]

The Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity (RICFP) is a public policy think tank located in Rhode Island that seeks to advance free market ideas. According to the organization, it "is dedicated to providing concerned citizens, the media, and public officials with empirical research data, while also advancing free-market solutions to public policy issues in the state."[2][3]

RICFP is headed by former major league baseball player Mike Stenhouse. Stenhouse formerly ran the Ocean State Policy Research Institute, a Rhode Island think tank that ceased operations in 2011.[4]

The organization is active in policy areas including tax policy, business climate, health care, pension reform and job growth. In June 2012, the organization issued a report arguing that Rhode Island should eliminate its 7-percent tax to stimulate the state’s struggling economy.[5] RICFP later worked with Democratic state legislator Jan Malik on tax reduction proposals in the Rhode Island Legislature.[3] The organization publishes government transparency data, including municipal and school district spending as well as public employee compensation.[6]

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  1. ^ a b "Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity" (PDF). Foundation Center. 13 August 2016. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  2. ^ "About Us". Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b Edgar, Randal (February 23, 2014). "R.I. Center for Freedom and Prosperity shapes public policy anonymously". Providence Journal. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  4. ^ Emery Jr., C. Eugene (August 12, 2012). "R.I. Center for Freedom and Prosperity CEO Mike Stenhouse says Rhode Island has the most health-insurance mandates in U.S." PolitiFact. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  5. ^ Epstein, Ethan (February 2013). "Ocean State Anointed". The American Spectator. Retrieved 11 June 2015.
  6. ^ O'Connor, Kevin (September 5, 2014). "Tiverton website for checking on government spending will serve as template for sites across the state". The Herald News. Retrieved 11 June 2015.

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