Federal regulations getting in the way of small business
Caroline MacGregor August 1, 2013 | WGVU During a
media conference Thursday morning, National Federation of Independent Business
State Director, Charles Owens, and President of Star Truck
Rentals, Thomas Bylenga, talked about the urgent need for less but more effective federal regulations
and accountability on the part of the government.
In operation since the 1860's, Star Truck
Rentals employs 300 people in 18 locations throughout Michigan and northern
Indiana. The company has been hit hard by the often highly complex federal regulatory
process. There are literally thousands of regulations, some of which are
difficult for business owners to comply with or even fully understand; the same
applies to those who enforce the rules.
"what the rules are right now"
The FBIB and
Small Businesses for Sensible Regulations want greater federal transparency
when finalizing regulations, a thorough cost-benefit analysis and revised EPA regulations
based on hard science.
Director Charles Owens, who says more than 65 hundred regulatory changes have
been posted on www.regulations.gov in the last three months – an average
of 74 new rules a day, costing small businesses billions each year.
compares regulations today to the movie, the Good the Bad and the Ugly, he welcomes
those that protect public and worker safety and create a level playing field for
free enterprise and competition but says tougher EPA regulations have resulted in
new technology that while making trucks more environmentally friendly it's at a cost to
the longevity and overall reliability of the equipment. Compliance Safety Accountability
or CSA scores are another issue. Bylenga says a bad rating can cripple a
company when reporting an accident, for example, even if the trucking company
is not to blame.
"not at fault"
Owens says more public oversight is needed to ensure reasonable regulatory decision making methods.
“whether we really need the regulation"
Small Businesses for Sensible Regulations will push legislation to demand more
small business input to share decision making and create effective regulations.
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