Rhode Island comes in at #48 and trails only Connecticut and New Jersey, but don’t think that the study is biased against the Northeast — Massachusetts is ranked 10th in the country.  Maine is ranked 13th. The study from WalletHub comes just days after CNBC ranked Rhode Island #46 for “top states for business.”   CNBC wrote, “Business is choppy in the Ocean State. Health care is sound, but infrastructure is aging.” In January 2013, at a joint news conference, then-President of the Senate M. Teresa Paiva Weed and then-RIPEC Executive Director John Simmons unveiled a report titled “Moving the Needle” that featured a list of recommendations that they feel would help Rhode Island climb its way out of the cellar in national studies and rankings of business.  Eight years later, Rhode Island is ranked #46 and #48 respectively in two national business rankings.

Change in our Business Climate starts with every business small and large to express their outrage and concerns.  It takes time, dedication and hard work….It is time that the Business Community becomes a loud voice promoting a better Business Climate as noted by the RI Business Coalition.