Government Affairs Committee
- Responsible for participating in the Statewide Chamber Coalition, appraising the Board on pending legislative business issues, educating the public on business matters, and working with community leaders to enhance the local business climate.
- Chaired by Board Chair Mr. Clay Johnson.
- Meets monthly or as needed, depending upon legislation of a particular concern.
- Note: for various reasons (scheduling conflicts, late announcements, time constraints) not all candidates for all offices were interviewed. There will be a candidate survey that will be developed by the RI Chamber Coalition and available to all candidates. All candidate responses (or non-responses) will be noted and available on this website.
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2011 Legislative Wins & Losses
Central Rhode Island, Cranston,East Bay, East Greenwich, East Providence Area, Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck, Newport County, North Central, Northern Rhode Island, North Kingstown, & Southern Rhode Island Chambers of Commerce
2012 Legislative Agenda
The Chambers oppose proposals to increase taxes or fees, institute new taxes or fees and/or expand the application of taxes where currently exempt.
The Chambers believe that increasing taxes or creating new taxes is the wrong solution to state and local fiscal problems. The Chambers believe that responsibly controlling state and local spending is a better solution.
The Chambers support workforce-training initiatives and oppose use of employer contributed workforce development dollars to non-workforce training uses.
The Chambers support fair and equitable measures to bring the state’s unemployment insurance trust fund to solvency.
The Chambers oppose mandatory increases in minimum wage tied to indexes.
The Chambers oppose efforts to reduce the threshold dollar amount necessary for automatic implementation of Project Labor Agreements.
The Chambers oppose proposals that directly conflict with these goals.
The Chambers oppose overly burdensome and unnecessary regulation.
The Chambers support responsibly streamlining regulations and the regulatory and permitting process where appropriate.
The Chambers oppose amending class action laws for currently regulated businesses.
The Chambers oppose creating duplicate oversight for businesses currently subject to
The Chambers support reasonable and effective tort reform.
The Chambers oppose further efforts mandating minimum employer contributions to health insurance coverage for employees, health insurance coverage options, provider choice or benefits.
The Chambers support creation of a health insurance mandate review commission and health insurance exchange creation commission.
The Chambers support efforts to provide a high-caliber, affordable system that prepares students for entrance into the workforce.
The Chambers will support remedies designed to allow for more effective use of public education dollars through efforts such as step process revisions, removing health insurance from the scope of school department collective bargaining agreements and allowing the state to universally provide for districts, and suspending the Caruolo Act in fiscal years in which municipalities receive less financial support from the state than in the prior fiscal year.
The Chamber of Commerce Coalition is comprised of 10 Chambers of Commerce, representing 7,000 member businesses. It is the largest business advocacy group in Rhode Island.