To the Editor: It's no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating effects on Rhode Island small businesses. As Sam's NY System and our other friends in the small business community begin the long process of recovery, I want to thank Rhode
To the Editor:
It’s no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating effects on Rhode Island small businesses. As Sam’s NY System and our other friends in the small business community begin the long process of recovery, I want to thank Rhode Island’s Speaker Joe Shekarchi for the support he’s provided to us while we struggled through limited patronage, including not raising taxes.
As previously reported in this paper, the Speaker said it best when he spoke to the Warwick Rotary Club, “a tax on beverages containing sugar would have hurt small businesses.” And while we are grateful for the financial support the state and federal government have offered, like grants and loans that helped keep our doors open, we know what a new tax would have done to businesses. Establishments like ours are essential to our local community, creating stable jobs and fostering economic growth in our state.
As we begin our recovery, raising taxes would have only added to the burdens of Rhode Island’s local businesses. Many of these taxes, like the unfair beverage tax, would have added even more costs onto those who can least afford it.
With this recent surge in COVID-19, small businesses like mine are grateful for the continued leadership of Speaker Shekarchi and his dedication to helping businesses across Rhode Island.
Sam’s NY System