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

LANSING—Senate Republicans introduced several measures Wednesday to cut the red tape binding Michigan job providers and help put people back to work.

“To revitalize our economy, we have to remove obstacles preventing businesses from hiring,” said bill sponsor Sen. Phil Pavlov. “This package of bills gets rid of excess bureaucracy so companies can focus on growth.”

Senate Bills 271 through 279 will reduce burdensome regulations on individuals and businesses to help create jobs and boost Michigan’s economy.

Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, sponsored SB 279, which would require the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Natural Resources and Department of Agriculture to implement random sampling for inspections.

“Random sampling will level the playing field for all job providers in Michigan,” Pavlov said. “This sends a positive message to businesses that they will be treated fairly in the state inspection process.”

Other measures in the eight-bill package would:

  • Prohibit 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.

Pavlov said reforming Michigan’s regulatory climate is critical. 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.

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