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Grow Smart found itself quite unexpectedly fending off a coordinated attack against Rhode Island’s well-regarded community planning system this year. The attacks originated from highly-conservative nationally backed and funded opposition groups in the name of liberty, local sovereignty and property rights. Rhode Island is not the only region to be targeted. The primary in-state organizer was the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity in conjunction with the Property Rights Alliance of Rhode Island.

August 1, 2015

A series of proposals to weaken or undermine RI’s state planning system were introduced | Failed |

H-5643, H-5644, H-6040 / S-816, H-6041 / S-820, H-6042, H-6043 / S-818

rhodemap protestGrow Smart found itself quite unexpectedly fending off a coordinated attack against Rhode Island’s well-regarded community planning system this year. The attacks originated from highly-conservative nationally backed and funded opposition groups in the name of liberty, local sovereignty and property rights. Rhode Island is not the only region to be targeted. The primary in-state organizer was the Rhode Island Center for Freedom and Prosperity in conjunction with the Property Rights Alliance of Rhode Island. While these groups succeeded in making noise and preying upon peoples’ fear and anxiety about a still-uneven economic recovery, they do not appear to be gaining any significant traction among a majority of the General Assembly or the Raimondo Administration.

Our testimony in opposition to these proposals