Do Rhode Islanders feel as good about their family’s well-being as the unemployment rate and our politicians might suggest?
The composition of families — specifically the number of children involved and, in particular, the marital state of the parents — has a direct and distinct influence on their own economic circumstances as well as on those of the communities in which they live. It is critical to the well-being of children.
Married taxpayers tend to be clustered at higher income levels, are more entrepreneurial, and have the largest families. All of these characteristics are very much needed in Rhode Island today given the dearth of entrepreneurship and the state’s ongoing Demographic Winter — not to mention the obvious increases in government revenue and the potential relief for taxpayers.
Again, these are not areas that lawmakers should concern themselves with, but, rather, should be left to our state’s civil society infrastructure to address.