|October 27, 2014; East Providence, RI
– Calling it the most “dangerous public policy agenda ever proposed for the Ocean State,” the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity will submit a written response letter
, opposing the little-known RhodeMapRI
plan, to the state of Rhode Island and its Division of Planning.
“Being touted as the economic development plan for our state, it is astonishing that so little is know about this scheme and that our gubernatorial candidates have not been asked about it,” commented Mike Stenhouse, CEO for the Center. “Who are these people that are planning our lives and imposing their values on the rest of us?”
The letter lists multiple economic, governmental, and philosophical concerns and provides examples of in-state legislation and negative consequences of similar plans implemented in other states that would infringe on the rights of individual property owners and on the sovereignty of locally-elected governments.
The seven-page letter discusses how Rhode Island has ceded its economic development authority to a federal agency bent on imposing its sustainable development agenda, based on a radical environmental and economic-equality philosophy, including racial quotas, on cities and towns across the nation. The Center recommends Rhode Island should not become the first state to adopt such measures, especially given the lack of public debate on the topic.