As a life-long businessman, I understand what it is to create jobs and create a business climate that is pro-jobs and pro-growth. If I had been governor, we would have had a policy already in place for luring Amazon to Rhode Island.
Components of this policy would include: having a state reputation for being business friendly; a tax structure that is appealing to executives, middle management, and shareholders; less burdensome regulations; a successful public school system; and a workforce capable of jumping in to fill the requirements of these 50,000 jobs, all of which we do not have at this time. I certainly wouldn’t have truck tolls.
In short, I would have confronted our state’s failing business climate and created a credible, long-term plan to bring Amazon as well as other employers to Rhode Island. Under current circumstances, the only way the governor can even begin to compete for Amazon is to buy them, which is a recipe for disaster.
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