Critical questions must be asked and answered when Kevin Flynn, Associate Director of the state Division of Planning, testifies in front of the House Committee on Oversight at 4:30 pm this afternoon in Room 101 at the State House, suggests the RI Center for Freedom & Prosperity, a leading critic of the controversial RhodeMap RI plan, which will be the topic of the hearing.
The so-called economic development plan, which the Center argues is a radical social equity experiment in disguise, was adopted into Rhode Island's official "Guide Plan" in December of 2014 by un-elected bureaucrats, without any significant public debate. Last fall, the Center challenged the Chafee administration and the RI Foundation, major supporters of the plan, to conduct an open and public debate on the matter, however, the requests were rejected or unanswered.
"Finally, the public will hear from the architect of this scheme, who, to date, has not been publicly questioned or held accountable for his actions," commentedMike Stenhouse, CEO for the Center. "We know that in other states, similar plans have resulted in the infringement of individual property rights and the sovereignty of municipal governments. Mr. Flynn must be questioned as to what specific assurances he can point to that would preclude these same violations from happening in Rhode Island."
The Center recommends that committee members focus questions on a few critical areas:
Concerned citizens who value the concept of individual property rights are encouraged to attend the hearing.
The Center also commends the bi-partisan legislative sponsors of multiple legislative bills that would weaken or repeal many provisions of the RhodeMap RI plan, especially those that would create new mandates on municipalities. The Center has listed descriptions of a number of pro and anti RhodeMap RI pieces of legislation on its website.