Posted by: Providence Chamber of Commerce | July 8, 2011

More 2011 Legislative Highlights

GPCC’s advocacy efforts on behalf of RI businesses proved to be quite fruitful during this legislative session.  We are most grateful to the legislators who heard our appeals over the past months…

 Job Development Act Repeal: Not Enacted
Strongly opposed by the Chamber, the measure would have nullified prior agreements with major employers that grow and create jobs in Rhode Island.

Personal Income Tax Hike: Not Enacted
Strongly opposed by the Chamber, the measure would have turned the clock back on the significant progress made over the last few years in driving down the punishing personal income tax rates paid by Rhode Island’s high wage earners.

Heath Benefit Exchange: Not Enacted
Supported by the Chamber, preliminary planning to lay the ground work for the 2014 implementation of mandatory federal health care legislation was stalled over abortion language.

Education Funding Formula: Enacted
Strongly supported by the Chamber, the measure affirms the redesign of local aid apportionment to fund public schools.

Extended Producer Responsibility: Not Enacted
Strongly opposed by the Chamber, the measure would have mandated highly punitive recycling and disposal restrictions on manufacturers of certain consumer products.

Bi-weekly Pay – Enacted (on a limited basis)
Supported by the Chamber, the measure will allow certain private sector companies to adopt the same bi-weekly payment practices as the public sector.


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