State Fact Sheet
Tax Incentive Evaluation Law: Rhode Island
Note: This page was updated in March 2016 to improve consistency across related pages and include new states that passed evaluation laws.
To ensure that economic development tax incentives are achieving their goals effectively, many states have approved laws requiring regular, rigorous, independent evaluations of these programs. For a list of states that have passed evaluation laws since the start of 2012, click here.
S. 734, enacted July 11, 2013
What it does
Requires evaluation of all major tax incentives
Department of Revenue economists study existing tax incentives on a rotating three-year cycle, with new incentives reviewed within five years of creation.
The evaluations include both fiscal and economic results.
The reports note whether changes to data gathering or clarification of legislative intent could improve future evaluations.
Connects reviews to policymaking
The governor's budget proposal includes policy recommendations on each incentive that has been evaluated in the past year.
Legislators hold hearings on the recommendations, allowing lawmakers to consider tax incentives alongside other state spending priorities.
Excerpt from Rhode Island’s law: The governor makes policy recommendations
The governor's budget submission as required under chapter 35-3 shall identify each economic development tax incentive for which an evaluation was completed in accordance with this chapter in the period since the governor's previous budget submission. For each evaluated tax incentive, the governor's budget submission shall include a recommendation as to whether the tax incentive should be continued, modified, or terminated.