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


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

“Simply put, overregulation and unnecessary red tape are costing Michigan jobs,” said Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Twp. “If we want to keep the jobs we have and win back the ones we've lost, we must reduce regulation and get government off of the backs of job providers, so they can create jobs and put our citizens back to work.”

Robertson's bill, introduced at a Capitol press conference today, is part of a legislative package that will reduce burdensome regulations on individuals and businesses to help create jobs and boost Michigan’s economy.

Senate Bill 276 will increase transparency for taxpayers by requiring state agencies, when seeking permission from the state Office of Administrative Hearings and Rules, to include decision records from an advisory panel before proceeding with rule making. It will also require agencies to put the advisory committee decision on the Internet 60 days prior to their request for rule making. This practice will help ensure full disclosure to help make sure that interested parties are aware of what state agencies are doing.

Measures 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;
  • 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 rule-making 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. Robertson said regulatory reform is critical to improving Michigan's job climate.

“Michigan lost more jobs over the past decade than did any other state. We need to remove the obstacles to job growth, and this legislation is an important part of reinventing our state,” said Robertson.