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Dale's Corner

This blog is written by Dale J. Venturini, President/CEO of RI Hospitality Association (RIHA) and RI Hospitality Education Foundation (RIHEF). Its purpose is to engage RIHA members with current issues and trends.

Hope everyone had a wonderful summer filled with rest, relaxation and rejuvenation and is now raring to go! We are fully in the season of giving – no, not the holidays – but, an even more stressful time of the year, the political season. Now, is the time when donation dollars are incredibly important and can absolutely affect the outcome of a political race. I know it’s hard to continuously open a checkbook and make donations, but the reality is, you can either pay some now - or pay a lot more later - if the candidates that are not pro-hospitality business lose their elections.

So many new candidates have surfaced in the primaries and we’d all be foolhardy to simply overlook anyone who is running for political office right now. Simply put, in the primary, there is a strong possibility that at least some of our pro-business incumbents will fall due to the groundswell of a particular political movement. Our primary elections have never been more important than they are this year. The Rhode Island primary is on September 12th and this election is more crucial and more important than the general election in November. Anyone who is able to get out to vote on primary day needs to do their civic duty and vote according to their conscience. For those that don’t take this day seriously, remember, no Monday morning quarterbacking will be allowed come November.

With such a pervasive climate of political divide, political fatigue is a very real scenario at this time of year. And, while we are all getting inundated with polling calls and door visits from volunteers or potential candidates, it’s important that we don’t allow ourselves to let this become white noise. It’s easy to do, and I know as well as any of you that when my doorbell rings on evenings and weekends, I really don’t feel like answering it. But, taking the time to speak to candidates or their designees and asking their position on the topics that are relevant to our industry is definitely time well spent. Election time is often called the ‘silly season’ and while I understand the sentiment entirely, nothing should be taken more seriously this year than our local and national elections.

Hospitality continues to be one of the biggest economic drivers in Rhode Island, employing more than 85,000 people. We want it to remain a vital cornerstone of our state’s economy, giving thousands of folks an opportunity and a pathway to a well-paying career. There is no doubt that we will once again face out-of-state, special interest groups again this upcoming legislative session. We’ve been fortunate to be able to hold off the most egregious of bills due to past lobbying efforts, testimony from our membership and most importantly, leadership in the legislature which has found balance and compromise in advocating for the rights of businesses as much as the rights of workers. But, any upset to this delicate balance of power on Smith Hill could spell disastrous consequences for the viability of our industry.

What can you do? Understand which politicians running for office truly understand the value of our industry. A fair and balanced approach is much more preferable to radical, sweeping views that are usually not well thought out and have one particular interest in mind. Make sure the candidate you choose to vote for has a balanced approach and is not approaching politics to make changes for the sake of making changes.
 
Our industry is a growing and evolving environment that contributes millions of dollars in tax revenue to the state and is a model of job creation locally and across our nation. This is due to every hospitality-business owner who does his or her part to keep Rhode Island’s economy strong. Vote for your right to continue to operate a prosperous business. Vote for a better and stronger industry. Just vote.

To learn how you can help protect our industry and your business, please visit: www.rihospitality.org

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» ‘Tis the Season of Giving Monika Sep 20, 2018
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38 That’s a Legislative Wrap! file Monika Aug 16, 2018
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37 Summer in New England: Be a Tourist in Your Own Backyard file Monika Jul 05, 2018
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36 Our Next Generation of Culinary Stars: Cooking and Planning Their Hearts Out file Monika Jun 11, 2018
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35 Swimming Down “STREAM” Monika May 15, 2018
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34 The #MeToo Movement is More than a Hashtag file Monika Mar 02, 2018
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33 “We are made of star-stuff. Our bodies are made of star-stuff. There are pieces of star within us all.” file Monika Jan 02, 2018
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32 Paid Sick Leave Passes RI Legislature file Monika Oct 10, 2017
In September, both the Rhode Island House and Senate passed legislation that will require companies to give employees paid sick leave. Although the RI Hospitality Association (RIHA) is generally opposed to mandates that impact the employer-e...  
31 When did ‘Entry Level’ become Negative? file Monika Sep 19, 2017
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30 Taking the High Road – the Road Less Traveled file Monika Jul 24, 2017
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29 Paid Sick Leave – it’s Nothing to Sneeze at RIHA May 08, 2017
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28 Buying Local for the Holidays Monika Nov 15, 2016
The holiday season is fast approaching…from a retail perspective, it seems to come earlier and earlier each year. While I was shopping for Halloween candy this year, I was sidestepping Christmas trees, holiday decorations and specialty choco...  
27 The Cost of ‘Chip’ Cards and Protecting Against Fraud Monika Oct 04, 2016
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26 Gluten is Not Free in Restaurants file Monika Sep 01, 2016
Dale J. Venturini President/CEO, RI Hospitality Association We all know people who struggle with food allergies. From peanut butter, to shellfish, to strawberries, to dairy, the idea of dining out when one has a food allergy can be an alarmi...  
25 Managing a Better Future file Monika Jun 30, 2016
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24 Partnerships – They’re Not Always the Obvious Choice file Monika Jun 06, 2016
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23 How Important is a Proactive Crisis Plan? Your Business Could Depend on it. Monika May 05, 2016
Dale J. Venturini President/CEO, RI Hospitality Association   With the spate of negative media headlines surrounding restaurants that have experienced foodborne or human-contact illness, it is critically important that every eating establis...  
22 Where Have the Teens Gone? file Monika Apr 04, 2016
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21 The Real Cost of Foodborne Illness file Monika Feb 02, 2016
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