News

Jun 22, 2014

Woonsocket


Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt has announced that the State of Rhode Island has created a new online Small Business Suggestion Box, another tool in the effort to incorporate business perspectives into the ongoing work of regulatory reform. The suggestion box is being launched by Governor Lincoln Chaffee’s Office of Management and Budget's Office of Regulatory Reform (ORR), within the Department of Administration.

Category: News Room
Posted by: Craig

Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt has announced that the State of Rhode Island has created a new online Small Business Suggestion Box, another tool in the effort to incorporate business perspectives into the ongoing work of regulatory reform. The suggestion box is being launched by Governor Lincoln Chaffee’s Office of Management and Budget's Office of Regulatory Reform (ORR), within the Department of Administration.

"I applaud and support the State for developing a suggestion box, which is a natural extension of the successful annual small business survey," the Mayor said echoing the Governor’s thoughts and urging local participation in the new venture. "This new tool increases the State’s outreach efforts, and gives businesses the opportunity to provide real-time feedback on the state's regulatory environment."

Businesses will be able to provide feedback on specific regulations – as well as other topics – at their convenience and as it fits into their busy schedule. Additionally, businesses will be able to articulate the impact that rules and regulations have on them and offer suggestions for improvement.

"During its regulatory review, State ORR discovered that regulators that actively seek the input of small businesses have a better sense of the costs and benefits associated with regulation," Office of Management and Budget Director, Peter Marino, said. "This new tool improves the office's ability to track issues and stay current on trends in the business community – it also allows the office to continually update agencies on problem areas and better serve as a small business advocate."  Mayor Baldelli-Hunt stated that this is the approach being taken by her Administration and is cooperating fully with the State to benefit both the business community and local government.

The Small Business Suggestion Box is located on the Office of Management and Budget's new website at http://www.omb.ri.gov/reform/suggestion-box.php.  Businesses with concerns regarding active permitting, regulatory matters (e.g. audits, onsite inspections, compliance assistance, or other enforcement related activities) or to learn more about the suggestion box can contact the ORR Small Business Ombudsman at 401-574-8426.

Mayor Baldelli-Hunt also stated that local businesses with problems regarding the implementation of regulations on the local level should feel free to contact her office at (401-767-9205) at any time to express concerns and discuss ways of making the regulatory process less burdensome and more “business friendly.”