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Allan is sick of seeing Rhode Island ranked as the “Worst Possible State to Live In” and the “Worst State to Do Business”. As Governor, Allan will roll up his sleeves and get our economy back on track by working to make Rhode Island the land of startups and small businesses, and an attractive place for companies to expand into.

For starters, he’s going to lower taxes. In Allan’s first term, he wants to responsibly lower the sales tax each year to end up at 5%, or the lowest in New England (outside of New Hampshire which doesn’t have one).

He wants to keep Rhode Islanders shopping in Rhode Island so that we can keep jobs and local businesses here.

As Governor, Allan will work to reduce taxes and CUT THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS IN RHODE ISLAND.  Introducing, the LOW FEE GUARANTEE. 

In the first six months of Allan’s administration will comb through every single occupational licensing, permitting, and business incorporation fee we charge, and make them the lowest in New England! He’ll also make it easier for startups, by waiving all fees for their first year in business.

Rhode Island charges you $230 just to file articles of incorporation, but in New Hampshire, it’s only $100, in Maine $145.  Let’s get even more specific, in order to get an Auto Body Repair shop permit, it costs $900 in Rhode Island, but only $450 in Massachusetts.  All this does is foster stronger border towns in Massachusetts at the expense of Rhode Island businesses. This is also the case for occupational licenses which are not in line with neighboring states. This is part of the problem for many disparities that affect the working class.

Allan wants businesses to be able to say, “Hey look, Rhode Island is cleaning up its act and not trying to stick it to us at every turn.”  That type of attitude and culture can only be  created when you do the little things right.

While making it less expensive for businesses, Allan will also work to make it the friendliest state to do business.  Introducing the BUSINESS CONCIERGE PROGRAM, which has been key to making Cranston one of the Top 50 Cities in America.

The Business Concierge Center is a one-stop location for startups and business owners, walking them through the business development process from business plan to ribbon cut as quickly and as stress-free as possible.  A business owner will be working with the same economic development professional from start to finish – helping them cut through red tape and letting them know what they need to do right from the start, instead of running into time-consuming roadblocks because one department isn’t talking to another.

Allan also believes that Rhode Islanders pay too much in taxes for us to dread interacting with the government the way we would dread getting a root canal.

Allan grew up in a family of small business owners so as Mayor of Cranston, he championed initiatives that would help and motivate small business owners.  Allan remembers seeing his own dad dig into his own pockets to make sure payroll was met and have to deal with the newest fee or tax that would be added on the backs of small businesses.  Many small businesses are at their breaking point.  That’s why Allan can’t understand how Governor Raimondo can justify helping billionaires from out of state before taking care of the small business guys who have been struggling here for years.

It’s time to put Rhode Islanders and our local businesses first!