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Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity

Before you go shopping at the Providence Place Mall, take note: Rhode Island has the highest sales tax in New England. At 7 percent, the Ocean State’s sales tax is 0.75 percentage points higher than the sales tax in neighboring Massachusetts and 0.65 percentage points higher than that in Connecticut. Amid a high sales tax and a 9.9 percent unemployment rate, it’s no surprise that Rhode Island was ranked the second-worst state for business last year. But the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity is coming to the state’s rescue. The center has proposed that Rhode Island lower its sales tax to 0 percent, a move that would create jobs and direct money back into the state economy. As the country’s smallest state, Rhode Island has probably lost a lot of business with its comparatively high tax rate. If Rhode Islanders listen to the Center’s proposal, we at The Spectator imagine that Brown students who cross the border into Massachusetts to shop will stay in Rhode Island instead, to their own benefit and that of this great state.


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