We Take Manufacturer's Issues to the Top, Where Real Changes are Made
RIMA is the trusted source and partner to government and community leaders interested supporting a thriving manufacturer sector. As the unified voice of over 1,600 Ocean State manufacturers, RIMA advocates for sensible legislative and policy solutions at the federal, state, and local level that support and empower manufacturing’s unique role as the Economic Engine for Rhode Island.
2017 Legislative Positions
- Opposed the Paid Sick Leave Legislation: Working with the Business Coalition, RIMA stood firm against this legislation that would hinder the ability of manufacturers to run their operation.
- Opposed the Min Wage increase. Our position is that minimum wage is not to support a family but as additional income. The emphasis should be on educating individuals to obtain a better livelihood.
- Supported strongly the Invenergy gas powered facility. RIMA supports strongly the use of renewable energy but recognizes that a stop gap measure is needed until fully realized.
- Opposed the carbon tax legislation that would heavily tax many manufacturing facilities. The total equation of cost relative to reimbursement needs further study and review.
- Opposed the Legalization of Marijuana in the State: This legislation is a nightmare especially for manufacturers with machinery and equipment. We strongly urged that this bill not be passed.
- Opposed the Market Stability and Consumer Protection Act (relating to Health Insurance).
- Supported S-0874 relating to Public Utilities and Carriers: This bill expands the competitive retail purchase of electricity by authorizing the creation of a purchase of receivables program that requires electric distribution companies to make timely payments to the suppliers of their electricity.
- Supported S-0886 which will require public utilities and electric distribution companies to rovide prompt and adequate service to ratepayers for new service or upgrades. Penalties assessed up to $10,000 on electric distribution companies which fail to provide written estimates or an itemized bill for work in excess of $500.00