Getting Government Out of the Way so Small Businesses Can Succeed

In this week's radio address, Governor Scott Walker talks about how regulations for small businesses need to be smarter to help entrepreneurs succeed.

The state has partnered with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association to produce and distribute brief radio address once a week.  Audio files and a written transcript of this radio address can be accessed on http://www.wi-broadcasters.org and http://walker.wi.gov/Weekly-Radio-Addresses.  To download an mp3 file you can visit, right click the radio address link and click “save link as.”

Hi. I'm Scott Walker.

Touring the state and talking to small business owners, one thing has become crystal clear to me: government regulations need to be science based, predictable and practical. 

All too often I hear about how government is standing in the way of those who want to grow jobs in our state. This is why I just signed Executive Order 61, which will empower the Small Business Regulatory Review Board to determine the economic impact of rules on small business and increase the flexibility government must give employers. 

Signing this Executive Order is another important step toward making our state an easier place to start up, expand, or relocate a small business. Giving small business owners a seat at the table when discussing state regulations will help get buy-in for rules and regulations from employers, assist state agencies promulgate rules that are realistic, and ultimately grow jobs in Wisconsin.

Specifically, the Executive Order I signed requires all state agencies to cooperate with the Small Business Regulatory Review Board in the rules review process.  All agencies will cooperate with the Board to identify and weed out rules that hinder job creation and small business growth. And they will also work with the Board to recommend changes to the rules that will reduce the burden on job creators.

According to the National Federation of Independent Business, Wisconsin small businesses spend eighty percent more per worker than large employers to comply with government regulations.  They say that 91 percent of small businesses said it was impossible to know about, comply with, and understand all of government’s regulations.  Regulations are cited as one of the top three concerns for small business growth.

One great way to make sure that state regulations are science based, predictable and practical is to give small businesses a seat at the table when discussing the impact of new as well as existing rules and regulations.  By partnering with Wisconsin’s small business owners, many of which are family owned, I am confident that we can continue to turn around Wisconsin’s economy and make it better for generations to come.

Ron Abalone February 28, 2012 at 12:50 AM
@Tim - You seem to have accidentally hit the send button while you were working on the conservative manifesto for corporate world dominaton. Now that we have it, we will use it to work with our multitude of "corporations from the left" you mention in a later post, if we can find any. You are a master of oxymorons, did you ever work in a corporation at an executive level? You better have your Republican pants on there to be successful. .
$$andSense February 28, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Yes Dave, read my post, my list is not complete. Hitting the delete button on lobbyists would be on the list as well.
$$andSense February 28, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Uh, Tim, no one posting here (at least I would hope not) is serious about snuffing someone due to their socio-economic status. It is called sarcasm. Ease up bud.
$$andSense February 28, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Tim Scott Voice of the ACT 10 exempt badge unions. You go guy. Must be a badge.
Adam Wienieski March 01, 2012 at 04:25 AM
Bren said "The important thing to remember about government is the potential for politicization." Yes, I think that's a point we can all agree on. The founding fathers were so opposed to the concept of omnipotent government they listed a limited number of powers for Congress and said everything else belonged to the people or the states. It was the first time in history the power of government had been limited; the role of master and servant reversed (and you can see how long that lasted.) Today we have so many "collective beneficial services" we literally have to ask the Supreme Court to decide if the commerce clause can be used to compel people to purchase health insurance from a government run exchange or a Catholic hospital compelled to provide abortion pills. Everything depends on who gets to define the public good. What's interesting is you don't consider homosexual sex and crucifixes in jars of urine "wrong-minded."


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