Posted: July 1, 2013
PLEASE TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION
TO HELP IMPROVE
THE BUSINESS CLIMATE IN RI
The State Legislature hopes to wrap up their 2013 session over the next two days. Although many in the manufacturing sector (and businesses overall) are a bit disappointed in the actions (or inactions) taken to date, there is still an opportunity to set a positive tone on the 2013 Legislative Session. The following reforms, if enacted, will be helpful to the business community.
- Payment of Wages (H6065 Sub A)
- Holiday Flexibility (H5698 Sub A)
- Seasonal Unemployment Insurance Report (H6061)
- Rhode Island Works Program (S250)
- Rapid Rhody lending (H6068 Sub A)
- Back to Work Rhode Island Program (S402 Sub A & H5033)
- Rhode Island Jobs Match Enhancement Program (S403)
- Reverse transfer credits (S511 Sub A)
- Code Consistency Council (S761)
- Business community members on Statewide Planning (S760)
- Statewide EB-5 Regional Center (H5878)
- The Dual Enrollment Equal Opportunity Act (S600)
- Rhode Island Economic Development Tax Incentive Evaluation Act (S734 Sub A)
- General Assembly report inventory (H6066 Sub A)
- Coordination and expansion of higher education programs (SR512)
While we understand there may be strong opposition to some of these measures, please make sure your representative understands that it is the businesses in this state, manufacturers and others, who employ our residents and create the jobs needed to improve our economy. These measures will help companies grow and expand their workforce. These measures will help make companies more profitable and increase the tax revenues for RI. These measures will help us move out of the basement in terms of business competitiveness in comparison to other states.
There is still time to make some positive change. I urge you to review this list with your representative and senator; have them consider the real business and economic consequences; and, implore them to vote to support these bills.
Please also remind them that we do not support the apprenticeship (H 5472 and S293 Sub A) and independent contractor bills (H6153 / S368 SubA) as these will be harmful to RI businesses.