Katy Grimes writes at Fox and Hounds: Cuts Ahead For State’s Many Regulations
According to Loren Kaye, a Little Hoover Commissioner, California has failed to use set practices of rule making when developing regulations. Because there are no standard of protocols, agencies are developing their own regulatory standards, with no economic analysis used in the process to determine cost effectiveness.
John Kabateck, the National Federation of Independent Business Executive Director, said that 97 percent of all employers in the state are small business owners. And last year, according to Kabateck, 400,000 small businesses closed down in the state, not just due to the tough economy, but because of strangling regulations.
Kabateck said that it costs small businesses more than $48.00 per hour to pay for California regulations, and most businesses don’t even know when additional regulations have been imposed until an inspector shows up at the business, or they receive a violation notice in the mail.
“There is a need for establishing the costs of regulations,” said Bob Raymer, of the California Building Industry Association, “and whether proposed regulations will have an impact on business.”
Raymer said that regulations used to pay for themselves, and California needs to get back to that practice. Currently, instead of acknowledging that businesses are faltering under the weight of regulations, state government continues to impose more and more regulations.
According to Raymer, AB 32 and the push to limit greenhouse gas emissions is one law that is hurting businesses in the state. “The California Energy Commission is currently seeking to economically qualify more GHG regulations on a per house basis.”
Lets hope that we can put AB32 behind us and eliminate more job killing regulation. I highlighted the text above, as I have writen about his many times. In the 1990s where was a major push by CABPRO, the NC Contractors Association and the GV/NC Chamber of Commerce to establish a process for establishing the cost of County regulations. The very liberal Gange of Four would have none of it. The last thing they wanted the public to know was how much the new zoning regulations were going to cost citizens. Now we are paying the price for many of those zoning changes.