URI debate asks what policies are best for failing state?

URI debate asks what policies are best for failing state?

PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Center for Freedom & Prosperity is inviting the public to a state policy debate on Saturday, April 26 at the University of Rhode Island's Swan Hall, 60 Upper College Road, Kingston. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m.

According to an RICFP press release and CEO Mike Stenhouse, "Rhode Island is in economic crisis. The Ocean State has fallen to the bottom of too many lists, while other states have recovered from the global recession. The Ocean State needs a path forward that puts the best interests of our people first."

Named "The Great Ocean State Debate @ URI: What's Really In Our Best Interest," the debate features four national policy experts. On the panel are:

* Stephen Moore, chief economist at the Heritage Foundation and frequent analyst on FOX News and CNN;

* Rich Benjamin, senior fellow at Demos and frequent analyst on MSNBC and NPR;

* Don Watkins, fellow at the Ayn Rand Institute and published in Forbes and USA Today;

* and Tom Sgouros, Rhode Island public policy expert and writer for RI Future.

Registration is now open on RIFreedom.org . The debate will be structured as a free-wheeling forum, where widely divergent public policy approaches will be aired. The first debate segment will deal with economic philosophies as they pertain to issues currently under consideration in the Ocean State. The second segment will deal with the moral questions surrounding public policy.