Providence, RI - Recommended by the Governor in her 2020 budget proposal,
progressive legislation to punish employers for hiring workers who may be
enrolled in Medicaid, has been named the Bad Bill of the Week by the Rhode Island Center for Freedom &
In a state struggling to attract business and
families; a state tragically destined to lose a prized US Congressional seat
because of its relative loss of population; and a state already with a bottom-5
ranked business climate ... this new business tax would make matters worse.
"With Massachusetts as the example of
what not to do ... the business climate in our state would be worsened.
Ironically, because the Bay State imposed its own "MassHealth Tax" a
few years ago, proponents of this blatant money grab now say the Ocean State
should follow suit," said the Center's CEO, Mike Stenhouse.
"However, this same corporate Medicaid tax has proven to be a disaster for
Massachusetts businesses, and could drive large employers like Starbucks out of
all the reasons why this proposed legislation will cause "hardship"
for Rhode Island businesses - as it already has in Massachusetts - and for
related excerpts from the Governor's proposal ... read the full post here.