Make the governor's office the center of planning for development projects
"I will take the lead in driving growth in Rhode Island. I will make the governor’s office the center for planning and marketing exciting new development opportunities in Rhode Island’s key growth centers, especially the 20 acres in Providence’s Jewelry District opened up by the relocation of I-195, the new Station District at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, Quonset Point Industrial Park in North Kingstown and 30 acres abutting Naval Station Newport next to the Newport Bridge."
Make major infrastructure improvements, including super high-speed Internet access
"Clustering our economic development strategy will allow us to create a critical mass for growth. In addition, we can target major infrastructure improvements, such as super high-speed Internet connectivity, that will attract businesses just as traditional transportation systems attract business."
Develop a Middle College program
"I will develop a new Middle College Program. [The program] will give many more students, especially those enrolled in career-oriented trade schools, the opportunity to attain a quality education and full employment."
Will audit all economic development tax deals
"I will conduct audits of all economic development tax deals. We need to stop the bleeding of state resources through tax credit programs that have no discernible impact."
Upgrade state website to put government services such as obtaining drivers licenses online
"I will upgrade RI.gov to ensure that citizens can take maximum advantage of the public services they pay tax dollars to fund. The upgrade will include putting online government services that currently require a trip to state offices, such as making DMV appointments and renewing drivers’ licenses. This initiative will make online services available for free."
Will make the state procurement process more transparent.
"Government procurement has become synonymous with fraud and inefficiency. I will eradicate this longstanding trend by introducing transparency to the procurement process. Like the federal BetterBuy Project, our administration will offer citizens a way to submit, comment on, and vote on ideas for making our state’s procurement process more effective."
Complete renovation of Cranston Street Armory
"Complete the renovation of the historic, state-owned, 165,000-square-foot Cranston Street Armory, followed by the relocation there of three of the state agencies currently holding high-rent leases with private landlords."
Lower taxes on personal income and corporate profits when economy improves
"When the economy improves, Chafee backs lowering taxes on personal income and corporate profits."
Give independent contract workers access to the state system to enforce wage claims.
Give independent contract workers "access to Department of Labor and Training (DLT) procedures to enforce wage claims."
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