Direct Economic Development Corporation to develop plans for small and medium size businesses
"I will instruct the director of the EDC to develop a small and medium size business service plan within 30 days."
Prefile legislation to make R.I. nation's most "independent worker friendly state"
"I will prefile legislation to make R.I. the most independent worker friendly state in the nation. I will ask the General Assembly to enact an act on legislative initiatives dealing with independent workers in the first 100 days."
Make group health benefits available to independent workers
"I will present legislation that will make group health benefits available to independent workers, as they are in New York."
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."
Reform and redirect loan guarantee fund for economic development
"I will introduce legislation to reform and redirect the $125 million Loan Guarantee Fund."
Direct Economic Development Corporation to develop library for small businesses to help them make business decisions
Chafee has pledged to direct the EDC to “create a library of information to allow small businesses to have access to the same information large businesses have in making business decisions. ... These databases are usually only financially available to large businesses, leaving small businesses at a disadvantage. This approach has doubled the number of jobs and tripled sales tax revenues in similar businesses where it has been implemented."
Conduct nationwide competition to solicit job creation proposals
Chafee will "Conduct a nationwide business plan competition (similar to a Request for Proposal (RFP) process) that solicits innovative job creation proposals from compelling businesses and entrepreneurs interested in establishing, relocating or expanding their business in Rhode Island."
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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