Liz Burke, WPRO News
The Rhode Island Senate and the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council are addressing the issue that the state is ranked the second worst to do business in.
At a news conference on Tuesday morning, they unveiled a report and recommendations entitled “Moving the Needle”. The report reviewed the individual factors that they say often cause Rhode Island to rank poorly compared to the other states.
In the report, some suggested actions to “move the needle” include, better workforce training and regulatory reform.
“Successfully moving the needle and improving the business climate will require a sustained, cooperative partnership. Just as this report was a partnership between the Senate and RIPEC, our economic development efforts must be a collaborative effort that includes the voices of the Senate, the House, the Governor and his administration, the non-profit sector, academia, and the business community. Working together, we will make Rhode Island more attractive to entrepreneurs, improve our image within our state and outside our borders, and help companies that are here to grow and create jobs,” says Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed.