For Immediate Release
August 2, 2012
Contact: Kevin Shivers,717.232.8582
Pennsylvania Takes Center Stage in Effort to
Stop Obama Administration Regulatory Tidal Wave
Effort Mobalizing Against the Job-Crushing, Regulatory Nightmare Cresting Over PA Job-Creators Announced by Senator Pat Toomey, NFIB, Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association, and PA Manufacturer and Business Association
(Pennsylvania) August 1, 2012- The NFIB’s new Sensible Regulations campaign, uniting industries and associations across Pennsylvania, is aimed at stopping the Regulatory Tidal Wave agenda of the Obama Administration which is stifling job creation and economic growth across Pennsylvania. This week, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey, the NFIB, the PA Manufacturer and Business Association, the PA Manufacturers Association, and Pennsylvania business owners announced an effort to mobilize citizens through the internet and social media to fight back against President Barack Obama’s regulatory tidal wave.
“We must address the damage this administration is doing if we are to create jobs and growth,” said Kevin Shrivers, NFIB State Director. “With state unemployment around 7.5%, our economy doesn’t need more costly, new federal regulations that will further stall economic recovery; instead, Washington needs to do a better job enforcing regulations that are already on the books.”
“There is a real tidal wave of regulations ready to crash on Pennsylvania small businesses – and many of them are duplicative and nonsensical,” said Senator Pat Toomey. “As a former small business owner, I understand the chilling effect these regulatory proposals have on Pennsylvania entrepreneurs. This regulatory tidal wave has already cost us jobs. Our economy and Pennsylvania businesses cannot afford four more years of regulatory overreach.”
NFIB-PA is part of a nine-state education campaign focused on the regulatory challenges of small business owners through local events to educate the public about the impacts these regulations could impose on small business growth.
Because of the current regulations in the pipeline, Pennsylvania could see an impact on major industries– like manufacturing, construction and others – that collectively employ 1,025,894 people and contribute $106 billion to the state economy annually.
“In order to help Pennsylvania small businesses, we need sensible, clear, and fair regulations. This will us allow us to hire and invest, which will strengthen America’s economy,” said Dale Kaplan, of Kaplan’s Careful Cleaners.
Lori Joint, Director of Government Affairs at the Pennsylvania Manufacturers and Business Association in Erie commented, “American’s want to get back to work – and regulatory burdens are a top reason why small businesses are not hiring at pace with previous years. It is becoming impossible for businesses to survive and it is time to take a hard look at why these regulations are created and put some common sense back into the process.”
NFIB’s analysis can be accessed here: http://stopthetidalwave.org
Poll after poll demonstrates that regulatory burdens are a top reason why small businesses are not hiring at pace with previous years. In fact, a Gallup poll earlier this year found 85 percent of small businesses surveyed weren’t hiring, and about half cited government regulations as the principal reason.
Last year, Small Businesses for Sensible Regulations along with the National Federation of Independent Businesses sent an open letter to President Obama proposing five commonsense principles to help reform the regulatory system. They include: giving small businesses a greater voice in the federal regulatory process; providing assistance to small businesses before assessing penalties; requiring major federal rules to undergo rigorous cost-benefit analysis; basing regulatory decisions only on objective, validated science; and requiring more transparency and accountability in the regulatory process.
ABOUT SMALL BUSINESSES FOR SENSIBLE REGULATIONS
A project of the National Federation of Independent Business, Small Businesses for Sensible Regulations is a national effort representing the interests of 350,000 small businesses focused on protecting small businesses and American jobs from the impacts of the increasing number and burdensome nature of federal regulations proposed by the Obama administration. States launching the campaign include: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Missouri, North Carolina, Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan small business association representing small and independent businesses in all 50 state capitals. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses.