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Monday, 15 December 2014

This week, The Hill published an opinion editorial by Jerry Ellig and Richard Williams of the Mercatus Center on regulatory reform. The piece emphasized the need for retrospective reviews to create a stronger, more efficient federal regulatory process.

According to the op-ed, “Our current regulatory system continues to produce ineffective and expensive rules, because we’ve failed to tackle the core cause of poor regulations. Our end goal is solving more problems at a lower cost, and this can be achieved through methodical analysis and transparent decision making. With a foundation of statutory analysis standards for all regulators, we can build a better regulatory system.”

Read the entire op-ed here.

Small business optimism soars to near 8-year high

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

NFIB’s November Small Business Optimism Index, which surveyed over 350,000 small businesses across the country, found that optimism among small business owners has grown to its highest level since 2007. This increase far exceeded expectations set by October’s survey.

According to NFIB, “the November elections clearly had no impact on hiring and spending plans though expectations for better business conditions in six months improved, likely a response to Black Friday or Small Business Saturday results.”

Read more about the survey here.

Obama regulatory agenda quietly belts economy on holiday weekend

Thursday, 4 December 2014

The Las Vegas Review Journal published an editorial this week about the lack of transparency in the Obama Administration, highlighting the delayed release of the fall 2014 Unified Agenda as evidence of this problem. The Unified Agenda, which is legally required to be released twice a year, is the roadmap of the highest-priority rules for the federal agencies in the coming year. The Administration quietly released this important, and often controversial, document the Friday before Thanksgiving.

Sadly, this is not the first time the Administration has released the regulatory agenda the eve of a major holiday. In fact, it’s become the norm. The spring 2014 regulatory agenda was released right before Memorial Day and in Fall 2013, the report was released the Friday before Christmas.

According to the editorial board, “Federal overreach like this proves, once again, that our government is too big, too powerful and too expensive. It’s no wonder they don’t want us knowing what they’re up to.”

Read the entire editorial here.

Upcoming Regulatory Agenda Worries Elected Officials

Monday, 1 December 2014

Dan Bosch, manager of regulatory policy at NFIB, was quoted in an article in The Hill about the upcoming regulations to watch in the New Year. Bosch gave his expertise and analyzed the political climate surrounding the more controversial regulations that will be considered in the upcoming year.

In the piece, Bosch highlights the political strategies with these rules, noting “The challenge for Republicans is President Obama would have to sign a resolution disapproving of the rule his own agency put out,” which is unlikely. 

Read the entire article here.

White House Quietly Releases Plans For 3,415 Regulations Ahead Of Thanksgiving Holiday

Monday, 24 November 2014

Late last Friday, the Friday before Thanksgiving, the White House quietly released the annual fall Unified Federal Agenda -the document that sets a road map for the thousands of upcoming and pending regulations federal agencies plan to release. This is the fifth time the Obama Administration has released its regulatory agenda the eve of a major holiday.

The fall 2014 Unified Agenda includes 2,415 regulations -an increase over last agenda, including nearly 190 major rules that cost the economy more than $100 million. Sadly, this increase in regulations comes as no surprise for small business owners across the country.

Read more about the agenda 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.  

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