Does Rhode Island have too many chambers of commerce?

LEGISLATIVE RECEPTION: Lobbyist George Zainyeh, left, speaks with Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce President and CEO John Gregory, center, and Robert Wheeler, owner of dog day care center Friends of Toto in Pawtucket, during the Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Coalition’s annual legislative reception at the Statehouse on March 26.  
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
LEGISLATIVE RECEPTION: Lobbyist George Zainyeh, left, speaks with Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce President and CEO John Gregory, center, and Robert Wheeler, owner of dog day care center Friends of Toto in Pawtucket, during the Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Coalition’s annual legislative reception at the Statehouse on March 26. 
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Perhaps all you need to know to answer the question is that in a state of 1 million people and 39 municipalities, there are 16 chambers of commerce. Is that too many? Perhaps we can back up and look at the effects of such a seemingly large number of chambers. Does it dilute the voice…

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