The path to boosting job growth in Tennessee is obstructed by federal regulations, a handful of state and federal GOP lawmakers told members of Congress at a field hearing in Murfreesboro Monday.
State officials are paving the way for job growth at the state level, but there’s nothing more they can do when the federal government issues piles of regulations that discourage economic development, Commissioner Bill Hagerty told the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
“Many companies told us through a regulatory review that the regulations have become so unduly burdensome that they have very great concern about their ability to expand and grow,” Hagerty told the committee at Middle Tennessee State University Monday, adding he has faith that Tennessee’s “great entrepreneurial spirit” could still lead to job expansions.
Last summer, Hagerty and Gov. Bill Haslam toured the state to learn what issues business owners and executives have operating in Tennessee, repeatedly reporting that companies were intimidated by regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Labor Relations Board, the Dodd-Frank financial reform law, and most recently, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
The governor and Hagerty were joined by Tennessee’s two U.S. Senators — Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker — and Middle Tennessee Congressman Scott DesJarlais and Congresswomen Diane Black and Marsha Blackburn.
Here is unedited video of the GOP press conference following the hearing: