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New study's recommendations, aim to improve RI economy

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Moving the Needle isn't a long report, coming in at less than 30-pages, but it makes recommendations, on everything from education to transportation, trying to create a gameplan for lawmakers to follow, to improve the state's business climate and national reputation.
"Some of these recommendations suggest broad policy positions others suggest policy changes." said RIPEC Executive Director John Simmons.

The initiative behind the report isn't just being embraced by lawmakers, it has the backing and interest of the business and labor community.
"This is really a frank and honest assessment of areas where we're doing well and more importantly, in areas where we need to do better." said Laurie White from the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce.

Doing better isn't just an option for Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed. She says that it's a necessity.

Believing that only a broad, comprehensive approach, to fixing the state's stuck in the mud economy, will give it the kickstart it's needed for years.

"We need to acknowledge that what we're doing isn't working." said Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed

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