slides: The Top 15 Most Burdensome State Regulations

Thursday, August 22, 2013


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What’s holding back businesses in Rhode Island? Hundreds of business owners say it’s state regulations, according to a recent survey. In particular, business owners identified 15 areas of regulations that they said were especially burdensome, some costing thousands of dollars in compliance and deterring owners from expanding their businesses.

Those 15 areas include rules and regulations on the following: apprenticeship programs, prevailing wages on publicly contracted projects, the fire safety code, daycare centers, interstate sales taxes, work on Sundays and holidays, minority contracts on state work, workers compensation, the setting of insurance rates, kindergarten and preschool certification, labor relations, employer preferred medical networks for workers comp, motor carrier services, the business corporation tax, and the food code.

In all, those areas encompass over 300 individual rules and guidelines. Below are 30 examples.

Click here to read more about the cost of state regulations and the new effort to reform them.


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