Press Release from the House GOP Caucus, Sept. 8, 2011:
Group Hears From Business Owners About Overregulation and Red Tape, Government Must “Get Out of Our Business” They’re Told
(NASHVILLE, September 8, 2011) – At a meeting of the House Republican Caucus Small Business and Economic Development Task Force yesterday, Representatives heard from a number of small business owners and entrepreneurs from around Tennessee about various big-government regulations that hamper job creation and economic development.
The hearing took place in the Capitol’s Legislative Plaza and helped the members of the GOP task force determine what policy recommendations to make to the full Republican Majority.
Representative Jimmy Matlock (R—Lenoir City) presided as chairman of the task force. The other Members included: Representative Charles Sargent (R—Franklin), Representative Curtis Johnson (R—Clarksville), Representative Steve McManus (R—Cordova), Representative Jon Lundberg (R—Bristol), Representative Pat Marsh (R—Shelbyville), Representative Sheila Butt (R—Columbia), Representative David Alexander (R—Winchester), Representative Bill Sanderson (R—Kenton), Representative Ryan Williams (R—Cookeville), and Representative Tim Wirgau (R—Buchanan).
“This was a great opportunity to hear, firsthand, from the job creators of Tennessee who are being burdened by some unnecessary regulations,” said Rep. Butt. “We need to clear those off the books so Tennessee businesses can thrive once again.”
Rep. Wirgau stated, “This task force is now armed with some useful information and I know we can identify some ways to cut the regulatory burden facing our businesses. I believe that is a key step for sustainable job growth in our State.”
Rep. Marsh remarked, “As a business owner myself, I stare at costly and prohibitive regulations on a daily basis. If we are going to truly help the private sector create jobs, it has to start with reducing the burdens placed on our small business owners and entrepreneurs.”
Rep. Alexander added, “One businessman said it best, ‘If we want to help small business, just get out of our business.’ That is a salient point as government has worked its way into every aspect of business and that must be curtailed immediately. Jobs depend on it.”
“This was a great start for our task force. I look forward to sitting down again, rolling up our sleeves, and discussing how we can create a better environment for job growth and small business development in Tennessee,” said Rep. Sanderson.
The list of attendees included representatives from several Tennessee small businesses including: a store operator, food processing, road construction, a local chamber of commerce representative, as well as others.
Representative Debra Young Maggart (R—Hendersonville), who serves as the Chair of the House Majority Caucus, thought the meeting was a testament to the leadership Republicans are showing on the issue of jobs. “The first job of a representative is to listen to citizens about what they are facing on a daily basis. Our small business owners and job creators are facing a complex web of red tape that must be simplified. I believe this task force is going to make some common sense policy recommendations to the General Assembly that will do just that so Tennessee companies can start hiring again,” she said.
In a letter announcing the appointments to the task force in July, Majority Leader Gerald McCormick (R—Chattanooga) outlined specific duties for the working group. They include:
- Identifying regulations that are impeding job growth in Tennessee’s private sector and developing measures to remove those hurdles;
- Ascertain the best practices of other States when it comes to paving the way for job creation by small businesses and companies;
- Develop strategies and potential policy initiatives to make Tennessee’s environment better for business expansion and recruitment.