Senators unveil plan to cut red tape, help put people back to work
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
By Sen. Joe Hune
22nd Senate District
Michigan has lost nearly 800,000 jobs in the past decade. We need to focus on making Michigan an attractive state for job providers. That’s why Senate Republicans recently announced vital measures to help Michigan job providers and help put people back to work.
The proposed laws will reduce burdensome regulations on individuals and businesses to help create jobs and boost Michigan’s economy. By cutting the red tape that so many of our businesses face, we can help turn things around in our great state and help get people working again.
According to Site Selection magazine, business executives look at the ease of permitting and regulatory procedures second only to the availability of desired workforce skills when choosing the place to locate or expand their business.
Measures in the eight-bill package would:
• Level the playing field for Michigan job providers by prohibiting rules more stringent than federal rules, unless authorized by state law;
• Require state agencies to consider disproportionate effects rules might have on small businesses compared to larger companies;
• Improve timeliness in permitting and end delay tactics by regulators who keep asking for additional information;
• Require regulators to compare standards in nearby states and perform a cost-benefit analysis when proposing new rules; and
• Increase transparency in the rulemaking process to improve the opportunity for comment and suggestions by those impacted.
The cost of conducting business in Michigan is too high for our job providers. These measures will send a clear signal to businesses across the state and country: Michigan is open for business.
I look forward to supporting these vital measures in the coming weeks.
Sen. Joe Hune is chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He represents the 22nd state Senate District, which includes Livingston and Shiawassee counties, and the southern part of Ingham County. The Ingham County portion includes Bunkerhill, Leslie, Stockbridge and Vevay townships, and the cities of Leslie and Mason.