State of Rhode Island Archives: on Jobs

Barry Hinckley: RI 50th in business friendliness, causing high unemployment

Hinckley said his experience in the private sector uniquely qualified him to help fix the ailing economy, both in Rhode Island and the country as a whole. "We're the last place team. Rhode Island is 50th in business friendliness, and with that comes high unemployment," Hinckley said.

The moderator pointed out that Hinckley's platform called for reducing the corporate tax rate, job training, paying teachers more, all while capping spending; "How do you plan to pay for those promises?"

"You pay for it by growing the economy. You don't have teachers, police or firefighters if you don't have people paying taxes," Hinckley said. "We need to make Rhode Island the most attractive place in the world to do business. Businesses move to where they are treated well." Acknowledging he would have not control over Rhode Island tax policy, Hinckley said if elected he would urge state lawmakers to change the business climate.

Source: WPRI Eyewitness News on 2012 R.I. Senate debate Oct 23, 2012

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