PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Every tax season, Ken Block says, his accountant tells him to move his businesses to Massachusetts to save on taxes and fees.
Instead of relocating, this year he’s running for Rhode Island governor.
Block has tried to position himself in the run-up to the Sept. 9 Republican primary as the political outsider with the business acumen necessary to fix the state’s economic climate.
The businessman and Moderate Party founder has released a plan that calls for reducing, eliminating or offering exemptions from specific taxes. He has promised to find $1 billion in wasted spending within the state budget and the unemployment insurance and Temporary Disability Insurance systems.
Rhode Island has consistently fared poorly in rankings of business friendliness.
The state Republican Party has endorsed Block’s opponent, Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.