House passes bill to reform EPA science panel

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

On Tuesday. the House passed H.R. 1422, which would change the process of selecting the members of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Scientific Advisory Board. The legislation is meant to ensure greater transparency in the rule-making process.

The bill would require, among other provisions, to have local and state member make up at least ten percent of the board, meant to create greater trust between state and federal officials.

According to to Representative Chris Stewart (R-Utah), “It’s through this bill we can not only improve that process, but also restore trust between the American people and the federal government.”

Read more about the legislation here.  


Urgency grows for Obama’s regs agenda

Monday, 17 November 2014

This week, Dan Bosch, NFIB’s Regulatory Policy Manager, was quoted in an article, “Urgency grows for Obama’s regs agenda” in The Hill. The piece highlights how the midterm election has impacted the atmosphere in Washington surrounding the federal rule-making process.

According to Dan Bosch, “Far too often agencies do cost and benefit calculations and look at all types of benefits, even tertiary effects, but only look at the direct cost of the rule imposed,” said . “We would like agencies to account for reasonable foreseeable costs.”

Read the entire article here.


EPA Clean Water Act Comment Period Closes Today

Friday, 14 November 2014

In April 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed an expansion to the Clean Water Act to include inland watersheds, farm ponds, and ditches, giving the agency jurisdiction to more than 41% of the continental United States. Unsurprisingly, this rule has faced significant backlash in the subsequent months, causing the EPA to extend the comment period for this rule twice. Today marks the final day of the comment period.

The NFIB has lead the way in educating our members about this rule, submitting comments to the EPA about the rule, creating an information page, and putting together an infographic. With the comment period drawing to a close, it’s time for small business owners to speak out against this expansive government overreach.


New Congress = New Opportunity for Accountable Regulatory Agencies

Monday, 10 November 2014

After the results from Election Day were reported, a lot of commentary focused on priorities for the next Congress.  Unsurprisingly, one topic that continues to emerge in the discussion is regulatory reform.  There is a path in the next year to pass real, substantive reform.

It was reported this week that the House is planning to vote later this month to increase the transparency in the scientific process behind major EPA rules. In fact, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s (R-Calif.) stated that regulatory reform would be a top priority for the new Congress.  Moreover, incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) noted this week that stopping government overreach and reining in the EPA would be a focus for the Senate in the upcoming year.

The very fact that regulatory reform is being discussed in a substantive way is a good sign for small business owners across the country. As the New Year approaches, we hope these conversations continue and lead to common sense regulatory reform.


Bad public policy hinders small business

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Dan Bosch, manager of regulatory policy at NFIB, penned an opinion editorial in The Hill this week about the Clean Water Act, which will expand the definition of navigable waters to include standing water and ditches. The piece highlights the growing concern amongst farmers and small businesses about the new regulatory requirements.

According to Bosch, “For small business owners, farmers, and manufacturers, the change could require special permitting to expand their business, clear vegetation or modify their facilities. Any alteration to a federal ‘water,’ including those that are dry most of the year, could require costly and time-consuming permitting. A recent U.S. Supreme Court case cited the average cost of a permit to be $270,000. Violating the regulation would be punishable by fines of up to $37,500 per day.”

Read the entire piece here.


House passes bill to reform EPA science panel

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

On Tuesday. the House passed H.R. 1422, which would change the process of selecting the members of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Scientific Advisory Board. The legislation is meant to ensure greater transparency in the rule-making process.

The bill would require, among other provisions, to have local and state member make up at least ten percent of the board, meant to create greater trust between state and federal officials.

According to to Representative Chris Stewart (R-Utah), “It’s through this bill we can not only improve that process, but also restore trust between the American people and the federal government.”

Read more about the legislation here.  


Bad public policy hinders small business

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Dan Bosch, manager of regulatory policy at NFIB, penned an opinion editorial in The Hill this week about the Clean Water Act, which will expand the definition of navigable waters to include standing water and ditches. The piece highlights the growing concern amongst farmers and small businesses about the new regulatory requirements.

According to Bosch, “For small business owners, farmers, and manufacturers, the change could require special permitting to expand their business, clear vegetation or modify their facilities. Any alteration to a federal ‘water,’ including those that are dry most of the year, could require costly and time-consuming permitting. A recent U.S. Supreme Court case cited the average cost of a permit to be $270,000. Violating the regulation would be punishable by fines of up to $37,500 per day.”

Read the entire piece here.


Colorado Small Businesses and Manufacturers Discuss the Growing Burden of Federal Regulations with Congressman Tipton

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

For Immediate Release                                                                                 October 21, 2014                                                                                                                                                                  

Colorado Small Businesses and Manufacturers Discuss the Growing Burden of Federal Regulations with Congressman Tipton 

New Study Finds Federal Regulations Cost the Economy $2 Trillion Annually

GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO –The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and Club 20 met with dozens small businesses and manufacturers to discuss the growing burden of federal regulations with Congressman Scott Tipton (R-3) at Leitner-Poma, a local aerial lift manufacturing company. The event explored the findings of a new national study on regulations, conducted by Lafayette College economists Nicole V. and W. Mark Crain for the National Association of Manufacturers, that found federal regulation costs the American economy $2.028 trillion in lost economic opportunity each year.

“In order to keep America competitive, we must work towards a less cumbersome federal rule-making process. Federal regulations, we can all attest, are essential to help safeguard our communities and our businesses. However, the current federal process is broken,” said Congressman Scott Tipton. “We cannot have a regulatory system that costs over $2 trillion and not expect this to impact economic growth across the country.”

According to the study, small businesses and manufacturers are disproportionately impacted by federal regulations. The average cost per employee that a small business must pay to comply with federal regulations is now $11,724 a year, while small manufacturers pay an astounding $34,671 per employee per year.

Tony Gagliardi, NFIB-CO state director, added, “Business owners from across Colorado approach me with the same story:  outdated and duplicative regulations are handcuffing their ability to grow.  With over 3,300 regulations in the pipeline, is it any wonder that small business owners feel their voices aren’t being heard in Washington?   We applaud Congressman Tipton for understanding the regulatory burdens facing small businesses in our state and actively working to change the process.”

“The new study gives credence and a measurable proof to the growing regulatory burden manufacturers face,” said XX, president of Club 20. “These job-creators look to Washington to implement smarter regulatory policies, ensuring that our community is preserved, and avoiding roadblocks to economic growth. We need to find a better balance.”

According to Rick Spears, CEO of Leitner-Poma, “As a manufacturer in Colorado, our company takes pride in creating safe products in a safe environment. Sadly, federal rules have become an obstacle to our success. Regulations are not the problem, rather it is the arbitrary and confusing rule-making process. Regulations impact small manufacturers on a much larger scale than any reasonable person could understand, and as a result, we are left with fewer resources to grow and expand our companies.”


EPA proposal would handicap small business

NFIB-Ohio’s Executive Director Roger Greiger penned a letter to the editor in The Columbus Dispatch about how EPA’s proposed expansion to the Clean Water Act would negatively affect small businesses in Ohio and across the country. The EPA is considering changing the definition of navigable waters to expand the agency’s jurisdiction over small bodies of water, including farm ponds, seasonal streams, and puddles.

According to Greiger, “Small businesses would be those most affected by these regulations, and they feel the EPA should spend less time posing with environmentalists and spend more time reaching out to explain how the agency arrived at the notion that it has the authority to implement these rules. If the EPA were to reach out to small businesses, many would point out that the proposed rules do nothing to clarify the definition of waterways, and instead increase uncertainty over which waters are covered by requiring most waterways to be evaluated case by case.”

NFIB has been actively engaged on this issue. Last week, the organization submitted comments to the EPA, highlighting that the EPA had not followed the Regulatory Flexibility Act, which mandates that agencies consider the impact of a rule on small businesses. The NFIB concluded that this rule “increases regulatory burdens on small business landowners.”

Read the entire letter to the editor here.


NFIB Files Comments on the Clean Water Act

Thursday, 16 October 2014

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) filed comments with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week about the controversial expansion to the Clean Water Act. The new rule, which extends the agency’s authority over streams, farm ponds, and puddles, will be particularly troublesome for small businesses and farmers.

According to the comments, “Landowners will be more hesitant to engage in development projects or to make other economically beneficial uses of their properties.”

Read NFIB’s comments here.  


Former Senator Blanche on MSNBC’s Jansing and Co.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Former Senator Blanche Lincoln appeared on MSNBC’s Jansing and Co. to discuss regulations and the economy.

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