The Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity’s “Compelling Policy Idea” to upgrade RI’s roads and bridges – is nothing more than cookie-cutter ‘model legislation’ straight from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). see: (URL below) Mike Stenhouse states they have modeled their plan after Pennsylvania law, but failed to mention PA’s P3 law was adopted almost word for word from ALEC legislation – because ALEC is a corporate bill mill that mega corporations use for their wishlists to benefit their bottom lines.
Therefore, as a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity’s plan promoting the (ALEC) Private-Partnership P3 model, comes as no surprise.
Establishing a Public-Private Partnership (P3) Authority Act
There are many forms of privatization. “The standard technique of privatization: defund, make sure things don’t work, people get angry, you hand it over to private capital.”
Through ALEC, Global Corporations Are Scheming to Rewrite YOUR Rights and Boost THEIR Revenues.
As a corporate bill mill, ALEC is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC’s operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills.
With the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), it’s no surprise why they are promoting the Private-Partnership P3 model, whereas;
The Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity (RICFP) is a full member of the State Policy Network (SPN), and has direct ties to ALEC through two of its adjunct scholars, Bob Williams and Jonathan Williams , who also both head ALEC’s Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force; RICFP also has ties to ALEC through its membership in SPN, which has deep ties to ALEC.
* See: Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity Adjunct Scholars;
- Jonathan Williams: director of the Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).
- Bob Williams: private sector chair of the ALEC Tax & Fiscal Policy Task Force (ALEC).
It should be understood that, “Public private partnerships(P3s) were introduced so governments could be seen to be reducing government debt by passing off expenditure as private debt.”
The Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity’s “Free Market” rationale for P3s are twofold: (1) P3s avoid public debt, (2) P3s offer lower prices due to competition & reduced operating costs.
However, what they also failed to mention is, in reality P3s are more expensive than govt debt. P3s charge the public a premium for their service whilst simultaneously receiving govt subsidies. Also taxpayers indemnify the private operator against making a loss, where “Profits are Privatized – Losses are Socialized”.
That’s not capitalism, it’s cronyism & corrupt!