Our Rhode Island economy has been in a slump and we’re all looking for the cause. I have my own theories, but I won’t get us all riled up with those here. Instead, I want to focus on one flawed theory I’ve heard that pins blame on our State environmental regulations. The theory holds that environmental regulations put undue stress on small businesses. I have even heard some public servants say that environmental regulations drive small businesses out of state!
Luckily, in a well-conceived and well-written report by our Office of Management and Budget / Office of Regulatory Reform entitled Findings of a 2013 Small Business Survey, the truth has been exposed: Small business owners DO NOT perceive environmental regulations as burdensome.