Military veteran business owners feel new state contract bill not enough

HOPEFUL: Adam Batchelder, owner of Smoke & Squeal BBQ food truck and a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve veteran, hopes a law passed last July requiring 3 percent of state government contracts be awarded to businesses owned by military veterans will boost his business. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
HOPEFUL: Adam Batchelder, owner of Smoke & Squeal BBQ food truck and a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve veteran, hopes a law passed last July requiring 3 percent of state government contracts be awarded to businesses owned by military veterans will boost his business. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
As of mid-2017, Rhode Island-based military-veteran business owners may have an easier time bidding for state government contracts, or so the General Assembly hopes. A new law signed by Gov. Gina M. Raimondo last year requires 3 percent of all state contracts be awarded to businesses that are owned by military veterans. The bill, according…

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