RISCPA/RI BUSINESS FORUM NEWS RELEASE MAY 29, 2020
- Governor Raimondo announced she will sign an executive order later today stating Rhode Island will officially begin Phase II on Monday, June 1st. https://www.reopeningri.com/resource_pdfs/Phase-II/Reopening-Phase-II-Navigating-Our-Way-05.22.20.pdf
- The Governor reviewed a series of metrics supporting this decision showing Rhode Island continues a positive trend.
- Governor Raimondo thanked everyone who participated in Town Hall meetings and stated the feedback and input was very helpful.
- She reminded small business owners the state has provided access to PPE and cleaning solutions; to learn more, visit Commerce RI: https://commerceri.com/
- Governor Raimondo stated that during Phase II no changes will be made to visitation policies at nursing homes and other facilities considered “congregate care setting.”
- Twin River will resume limited operations by invitation only on June 8th with strict guidelines.
- The Governor reminded people to continue to follow social distancing and use common sense as the state moves to phase II - “no crowds”. She stated that if everyone does their part, Phase III should happen around July 1st, which would further ease restrictions.
- COVID-19 Rhode Island Stats:
- Total number of cases: 14,635
- New cases: 122
- People hospitalized: 219
- Total Number of Deaths: 693
- Total number of tests: 146,355
Rhode Island Division of Taxation addresses questions involving nexus and apportionment Guidance is in response to inquiries involving temporary remote work amid pandemic: http://www.tax.ri.gov/Advisory/ADV_2020_24.pdf
Rhode Island Division of Taxation announces penalty relief for individuals and entities facing hardship amid the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19): http://go.usa.gov/xwrPQ
Rhode Island Division of Taxation announces changes to key tax deadlines for individuals and businesses: http://www.tax.ri.gov/Advisory/ADV_2020_21.pdf
Rhode Island Department of Revenue announces new guidance for employers with remote workforce: http://www.tax.ri.gov/Advisory/ADV_2020_22.pdf
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- RI Division of Taxation announced a COVID-19 penalty waiver for anyone impacted and facing hardships as a result of the crisis: http://go.usa.gov/xwrPQ
- Governor Raimondo announced the state has tested 14% of the population which is among the highest of any state. To expand our testing capability, she announced CVS will open an additional ten (10) testing sites at select CVS Pharmacy Drive-thru locations throughout the state.
- General Assembly sessions remain closed through May 29th; both chambers are holding committee meetings this week. House Finance Committee meetings will continue on FY20 and FY21 budgets (detailed info below*)
- The Governor offered a preview of the state’s Phase II Planning which begins Monday and asked for patience for the next month as Rhode Island works to get the economy back on track:
- 50% capacity, name and phone number collected, no self-service/standing areas, no waiting areas – social distancing in place
- Personal Services:
- Updates include capacity restrictions, no waiting areas, appointment only, new cleaning protocols and masks
- Summer Youth Sports
- New updates announced
- Governor Raimondo announced an additional $5M for rental relief fund for rental assistance. Qualifying individuals may be able to obtain up to $5,000 for past due payments and other fees. Visit housinghelpri.com for more information.
- Courts will begin to review backlog cases starting Monday, June 1st; but will only hear evictions that began prior to March 17th.
- Governor Raimondo announced 90-day extensions for licenses, registrations, inspections, permits and more set to expire in June; April and May 90-day extensions remain in place; many Department of Motor Vehicle services are available online. DMV Headquarters in Cranston and Middletown locations are available by appointment only; other locations remain closed.
- DLT announced a new email for employers: email@example.com. RISCPA will provide additional information as it becomes available.
- The state launched a new app, “CRUSH COVID RI”, available for download on Apple and Google Play stores.
- “Unemployment Insurance Tax” [Executive Order 20-19] has been extended through June 5th. Employers will not see increases for claims filed: https://governor.ri.gov/documents/orders/Executive-Order-20-19.pdf
- All firms must have State COVID-19 Control plan on site: https://www.reopeningri.com/resource_pdfs/COVID-19-Control_Plan_Fillable_Template-Final-5.13.20.pdf
- Library buildings remain closed in Phase 1, many have been creative in areas like curbside pick-up or other innovative ideas. Starting in Phase 2, libraries will be able to offer new limited browsing and other in-library services may be available.
RISCPA GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
*General Assembly remains closed, however both chambers held meetings this week along with the House Finance Committee. The Senate has scheduled three committees to meet on separate days, each televised live on Capitol Television, which can be seen on Cox on Channels 15 and 61, in high definition on Cox Channel 1061, on Full Channel on Channel 15 and on Channel 34 by Verizon subscribers, and live streamed at www.rilegislature.gov/CapTV.
The State House remains closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Members of the public wishing to testify on any of the matters before the Senate committee may submit written testimony via email to SLegislation@rilegislature.gov.
The Senate Lounge will be disinfected nightly by a professional cleaning company and will be sealed off until 4 p.m. the next day to ensure the room remains clean. Only committee members and committee staff will be allowed in the Senate Lounge. All nominees will participate remotely via WebEx. There will be no legislative session in either chamber.