|Seeking ‘common sense’ regulations|
|Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Saturday, 09 November 2013 09:24|
With tools humming and machines whirring in the background, the message presented Friday at Milligan Workshops was clear.
This business would be expanding to new markets if not for an onslaught of federal regulations that hinder job creation and stifle economic progress.
“These have stunted my business growth because I’ve avoided it,” owner Sandy Milligan said. “I’ve avoided taking on projects that involve painting and solvents and coating of rubber because it’s so scary to me. ... Most companies that deal with those chemicals have compliance officers where their entire job is just staying up on the new regulations and see what they’re constantly adding to the list.”
Milligan Workshops provides outsourcing opportunities for other businesses, offering to take on repetitive, labor-intensive tasks like assembly and inspection so those companies can focus on areas that improve business or efficiency.
Milligan welcomed the National Federation of Independent Business to her workshop to draw attention to NFIB’s project on the impact of over-regulation, “Small Businesses for Sensible Regulations.” It seeks to stem the “tidal wave” of federal regulations handed down each year.
“It’s not ‘Small Businesses for No Regulation,’” Jacob Larger, NFIB member support manager, said of the project. “We want to just put a little more common sense into the regulatory atmosphere.”
Also speaking in support were Milligan, other business owners, and U.S. Rep. Bob Latta, R-Bowling Green, who said the complaints he hears most from businesses large and small all involve regulation. He said the cost of adding more rules has increased to $1.8 billion, up $100 million in the last two years, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Larger reported that an NFIB survey indicated more than half of small business owners wouldn’t open their companies in today’s business environment. He and the organization are urging that regulations be developed in collaboration with businesses so they can draft policies that “make sense.”
“We want safe workplaces, we want clean air and we want clean water,” said Dave Boothe, president and owner of Allstates Refractory Contractors in Waterville. “The scenario we’re getting into is the fact that the number of regulations, the propensity of these regulations to come out, it’s willy-nilly. We don’t have time to breathe. We don’t have time to catch up.”
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