September 29, 2016 11:48PM
By Catherine Hewitt
Sun staff writer
CRANSTON — Charlestown’s General Assembly delegation ranked high in protecting certain freedoms during the 2016 General Assembly session, according to a public policy think tank. The ranking appeared in the “2016 General Assembly Freedom Index and Legislative Scorecard” published by the Cranston-based Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity, which ranks the delegations of Rhode Island’s 39 cities and towns in protecting individual, economic and educational freedoms during each legislative session.
Tallying their votes on bills related to areas such as taxes, budget, the regulatory environment, and education, Charlestown’s legislators — unaffiliated Rep. Blake A. Filippi of Block Island, District 36; Sen. Elaine J. Morgan, R-Ashaway, District 34; and Sen. Dennis L. Algiere, R-Westerly, District 38 — cumulatively scored a +1.20, which was higher than than General Assembly’s overall score of -54.1.
Individually, Morgan scored +23.73, Filippi came in at +13.8, and Algiere at -33.9.
The center said it gives high scores to bills that increase economic growth through reductions in tax and regulatory burdens and expand educational options for parents and students.
“Our legislator scorecard is designed to inform voters of the voting records of their elected officials,” Mike Stenhouse, CEO of the center, said in a press release. “As the 2016 general election draws near, it is up to the people whether or not to hold lawmakers accountable for their actions, in either a positive or negative way.” For more information on the ratings, go to www.rifreedom.org/freedomindex.