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Ocean State Policy Research Institute

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The Ocean State Policy Research Institute (OSPRI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit free-market think tank based in Rhode Island. Founded on July 4, 2007, the Institute works to influence public policy "based on the principles of free enterprise, limited government, and traditional American values."[1]

Transparency projects

Transparency Train

In April of 2008, OSPRI introduced the Transparency Train, which acts as a hub for anyone seeking public information in Rhode Island.

The hub contains links to a number of OSPRI sites, each providing information on a specific topic in an easy to find and understandable manner.

RI Data

Rhode Island Data is an ongoing project that contains budgets, payrolls, contracts, and monthly check registers for the state, as well as every city, town and school district.

RI Votes

Rhode Island Votes is described by OSPRI as "the General Assembly made easy." The site is designed to provide "users instant access to concise, plain language and objective descriptions of every single bill, amendment, and vote that takes place in the Rhode Island legislature."[2]

LRB Watch

LRB Watch focuses on labor and management issues in the state dealt with by the Labor Relations Board. It includes complaints filed with the Board and subsequent decisions.

RI Donors

Scheduled for fall 2009, RI Donors would be a searchable database of political donations. It would include lobbyist reports, financial disclosure statements, and the connections between money and votes.

RI Schools

Scheduled for spring 2009, RI Schools would allow users to compare school districts on a number of variables, including cost, employees and performance.

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