Born in Providence RI in 1969, Mike has lived in Foster with his family for 16 years. Married to his high school sweetheart Sherri Lombari for 20 years.
Mike owned two RI manufacturing businesses for over 15 years and has been a real estate investor since 1992. Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and Representative Chippendale is intimately familiar with the regulatory and tax burdens that businesses in Rhode Island must deal with simply to survive.
Attended CCRI immediately after high school, then entered the Mechanical Engineering Program at New England Institute of Technology, receiving his degree in 1991. Mike re-entered college in 2004 at Johnson and Wales University studying business management.
The job of public service offers Representative Chippendale the opportunity to give back to his beloved community, while at the same time being positioned within the RI Legislature to affect positive change on the continual ‘squeeze’ being put on the average Rhode Islander. Perhaps they are trying to start a new business, grow their existing business or maybe just hoping to continue living in the state they love so much.
Rep Chippendale’s interest in seeking a seat in the State Legislature was based on the precept that the legislative branch has the most effect on the policies and laws of our state – making it the quickest way to bring positive change to Rhode Island. Keeping this in mind, it is without hesitation that Mike clearly states that “This office is not a Political Stepping Stone for me to seek higher office – my heart is in the legislature, and my public service will stay with the legislature.”
When considering whether or not to support or oppose a bill, there are essentially three questions Rep Chippendale considers before taking a position;
1) Does this bill or initiative violate my Oath of Office to “support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution and laws of this state… so help me God.”?
2) What impact will this bill have on the economy of Rhode Island – including the Consumers, Small Businesses, and the Cities and Towns of our state?
3) What has the feedback from District 40 been, and is this a bill/initiative that is supported or opposed by the majority of people I’ve been in contact with from the district?
As a man who works very hard to impartially discharge his Constitutional duties as a Legislator, Representative Chippendale has consequently earned respect from a great number of individuals whether it be his colleagues from the other side of the aisle, the General Officers of RI and their staff, the 3 towns in District 40, and most importantly, the residents that he so proudly serves.
Nationwide, the tolling of freeways has proven to be a tremendously successful way to generate a steady stream of revenue to support the upkeep and renewal of roadway/bridge infrastructure. However, Rhode Island is past the point of being able to toll freeways – federally we are only legally able to toll bridges. This makes for an extremely difficult situation if as a state we were to implement a statewide tolling plan. The tolls would need to be within and throughout our state – not just on the state borders as we see in other New England states. Furthermore, the burden of these tolls would have a devastating impact on our local economy in the sense that local companies that use trucks to move their product around the state would be paying a lot of extra money to do the same job they’ve been doing for years. This would make them less competitive, and be potentially devastating to certain businesses. Many businesses get their raw materials from the port of Quonset. If the tolls are put in place, they may decide to make their bulk purchases from out of state where the vendor will not have to drive over any “tolled bridges.”
From the very beginning when the governor unleashed her plan in a very high profile press conference underneath one of the hundreds of crumbling bridges in RI she failed to properly represent what the actual details were about this plan. Whether by accident or not, those misrepresentations were major and did not even remotely resemble the plan her staff had put together. That makes me very concerned that what we’re being told is in the plan may not actually be in the plan – and this is the same for “future versions” of the plan that may be released as well.
The current proposals have been said by many to be constructed in a manner that will certainly curry favor with two groups that the governor has ties to; Wall Street, which has made her financially successful and helped her to get elected in 2010 and again 2014 and arguably have been strong beneficiaries of her pension investments while Treasurer. And the labor unions who would get a short-term infusion of jobs and with whom she has had a stressed relationship due to her pension reform plan of 2011. I don’t believe that public money should be used – especially without the public consent, to help one political figure continue to “climb the ladder” which all indicators are that she is not finished with her planned ascent.
House Republican “Pro-Growth Agenda
Each year the House Republicans work collectively on an Economic “Pro-Growth” Agenda. The method behind determining what bills will be in our Agenda, we look at the leading economic impact studies as well as any study where Rhode Island ranks poorly (usually in the bottom 5 performers), and we seek to address these issues that are negatively impacting our residents. Our Agenda is based on facts and studies that demonstrate a true negative effect on Rhode Island. These are not “pet-bills” or special interest bills – they are based on data, they are aimed at correcting problems and they are extremely well researched before they are written.
We look at our approach as “finding a cure for the disease, rather than putting a band-aid on the symptoms.” As a matter of policy we look at our neighboring states first and we work to make RI more competitive with our neighbors so that more people (both from RI, and from out of state) will want to spend their money in Rhode Island. We also want to create a business environment where businesses will want to either move to Rhode Island, start-up in Rhode Island and very importantly – stay in Rhode Island.
When our state is in an economic, taxation and regulatory position to draw companies into our state, or to grow in our state, we create jobs. The more jobs that are created, the greater the demand for workers and the lower our unemployment will be. In fact, if we can make ourselves MORE attractive than our neighbors, the businesses will come and grow, and RI will have a population of residents that will be able to find jobs, careers and entrepreneurial opportunities and that will make our state thrive! There will be less dependence on the social services which are a drain on our annual budget. There will be a higher retention of high school and college graduates who stay in Rhode Island to build their lives here. We will find out of state residents coming here to spend their money on vacations, durable goods and services and our state will start to grow.
That is the goal of the Republican Pro-Growth Agenda.