Providence (January 15, 2014) – Governor Lincoln Chafee will
deliver his annual State of the State Address this evening and Rhode Island
small business owners hope that he will use the occasion to chart a new course
for a state where unemployment remains unacceptably high and growth is
Island needs to jump start its economy and our members would like to hear the
Governor set an aggressive pro-growth agenda,” said NFIB State Director Bill Vernon.
At the top
of the small business agenda for Rhode Island are the following:
unemployment taxes on employers so they can expand, invest and create jobs.
the estate tax or raise the threshold so small business owners are no longer
encouraged to leave the state in order to protect their assets from the government.
the so-called border taxes, which encourage consumers to spend their money in
the civil justice system to reduce unnecessary or frivolous lawsuits, which are
among the greatest fears of small business owners.
the good work now being performed on reviewing state regulations with the aim
of eliminating those that are duplicative, unsubstantiated by science, overly
complicated or just plain silly. And
make it clear to every department head that their cooperation is an
“This is a
beautiful state with some natural assets but it’s surrounded by bigger
competitors,” said Vernon. “Rhode Island should want to be a magnet for
investment and a place where taxpayers aren’t made to feel like ATM machines
for government. Only the Governor can
steer the wheel and we certainly hope that he sets a new course tonight.”
information about NFIB, please visit www.nfib.com.