Somebody has to sell it

After yesterday’s showing at the State House where business leaders from all corners protested against the Governor’s proposed budget, it looks like EDC director Keith Stokes has the difficult job of selling it on the streets.  Here is the schedule for his chamber of commerce tour.  If you ever wondered if the EDC is looking out for the interest of the state or simply the salesforce for the governor’s “Winner Picker” agenda, you need look no farther for proof.

How Will Governor Chafee’s FY2012 Budget Impact RI Businesses? 

Businesses are asking how Governor Chafee’s Fiscal Year 2012 proposed budget will impact them.  The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation invites you to learn more about the Governor’s budget and what it means for Rhode Island businesses.

RIEDC Executive Director Keith Stokes and a representative from the Rhode Island Department of Revenue will give an overview of the budget and provide detailed information and answer your questions about Governor Chafee’s Businesses Tax Competitiveness Proposal which includes:

a) reduction of the corporate income tax rate;

b) lowering and restructuring the minimum corporate tax/franchise fee; and

c) reduction and modernization of the state sales tax.
Some of the key questions that will be addressed include:

a) How will changes to the minimum corporate/franchise tax help small businesses?

b) How will the Governor’s tax proposal help retain and attract businesses in RI?

c) What are the impacts of the proposed change to the sales tax?

Speaking Engagements (scheduled to date)

April 21, 2011
Noon
Hosted by the Newport Chamber

Newport Harbor Hotel and Marina, 49 America’s Cup Ave., Newport
For more information or to register click here.

April 22, 2011
8:30 a.m.
Hosted by the  Central RI Chamber

NE Tech, 2480 Post Road, Warwick
For more information or to register, please contact the Central RI Chamber at 401.732.1100

April 27, 2011
8 a.m.
Hosted by the Northern RI Chamber

Kirkbrae Country Club, 197 Old River Road, Lincoln,
For more information or to register click here.

April 29, 2011
Noon
Hosted by the South Kingstown Chamber

South Kingstown Chamber, 230 Old Tower Hill Road, Wakefield
For more information or to register click here.

May 4, 2011
8 a.m.
Hosted by the North Kingstown Chamber

Pelly’s 19th Hole, 615 Callahan Road, North Kingstown
For more information or to register click here.

May 6, 2011
5:00 p.m.
Hosted by the East Greenwich Chamber

Location: East Greenwich Yacht Club
For more information or to register please contact the EG Chamber at 401.885.0020.

May 12, 2011
8:30 a.m.
Hosted by the Charlestown and Greater Westerly/Pawcatuck
Chambers of Commerce
Location: Shelter Harbor Inn
For more information or to register please contact the Greater Westerly Pawcatuck Chamber at 401.596.7761

May 18, 2011
8 a.m.
Hosted by the Narragansett Chamber

Location: To Be Determined
For more information or to register please contact the Narragansett Chamber directly at 401.783.7121

More dates and locations to be announced.

Event information is subject to change. Please register with the appropriate Chamber of Commerce to get updates regarding these talks.

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