Senate Republicans unveil plan to cut red tape, help put people back to work

LANSING — Legislation introduced in the state Senate on Wednesday would help cut the red tape that binds Michigan job providers and help put people back to work, said Sen. Tom Casperson.

“For far too long, Upper Peninsula businesses and those that might want to open shop here have had to fight layers of crippling red tape, which has cost us jobs,” said Casperson, R-Escanaba. “It's time for the Legislature to reduce regulation and get government out of the way so our people can get back to work.”

The Senate bills introduced at a Capitol press conference today will reduce burdensome regulations on individuals and businesses to help create jobs and boost Michigan’s economy. Casperson's bill, Senate Bill 275, will create a level of timeliness and certainty to job providers who need permits from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to operate their businesses.

“For job providers in the Upper Peninsula, time literally is money,” said Casperson. “Right now, other states are beating Michigan because those states understand this matter of importance. Michigan must do the same and enact these common sense measures.”

Other reforms 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;
  • 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.

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. Casperson said regulatory reform is critical to improving Michigan's job climate.

“Regulation is a hidden tax on businesses,” Casperson said. “That’s why we’re working to ensure that regulatory oversight is as efficient and cost effective as possible. Now is the time to be innovative to fundamentally improve Michigan’s business climate and create jobs.”