Rhode Island senators unveil economic development priorities

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island senators are proposing several bills aimed at developing the state’s economy.

The Senate unveiled measures Wednesday that’ll be introduced this week and topics being researched for future legislation.

Among their priorities, senators want to update the building inspection process so development can happen quicker, offer more apprenticeships, create more housing opportunities and incentivize growth in the solar energy industry.

They’re also looking at how the educational system can better prepare students for the workforce and how the state can help its seafood industry and other small businesses. They plan to examine health care provider reimbursement rates.

They’re calling the initiative, “Building a more vibrant Rhode Island.” Democratic Senate President Dominick Ruggerio supports it.

The Senate worked with business leaders, particularly builders, municipalities and other organizations on the legislation.

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