Senate Republicans: for job growth, halt agency regulation changes and fee increases

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Salem, OR – Senate Republicans are calling for a two year suspension of all state agency rulemaking in order to spur job creation across the state.  Small businesses routinely point to the bureaucratic morass of state government rules and regulations as a key barrier to job creation.  A moratorium on rule making could be accomplished immediately by a Governor’s executive order or through a bill passed by the legislature in the opening days of the 2011 session.

“As we walked Main Street over the last few months, excess paperwork and over-regulation were among the top barriers to growth and job creation,” said Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day).  “By clicking the pause button on new rule making, we can empower businesses to succeed and grow while enabling government to focus simply on delivering core services.”

In December, Washington Governor Chris Gregoire (D) issued an executive order suspending the development of all new agency rules for the next year. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) enacted a similar order in 2009.

For many Oregon businesses, monitoring and responding to agency regulatory demands and changes requires significant time and expense.  For example, the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division is announcing potential rules for a 40% increase in penalties. The Department of Environmental Quality is now working on new water quality standards that are so strict they will make businesses unable to get a permit to simply put clean water back into the same water source from which they took it.  In September, the Department of Business and Consumer Services enacted a sudden 39% workers’ compensation premium assessment by rule with little notice to the public.

“In this tough economic environment, every additional permit, report and rule limits a business’ flexibility and competitiveness,” said Ferrioli.  “A moratorium gives businesses the chance to gain momentum and start creating jobs for Oregon families again.”

This is one of several regulatory reform measures Senate Republicans plan to push for this session.  Republicans will be championing a mandatory rolling sunset on all programs and will work to make sure that when a program or spending is cut, the associated administrative rules are cut too.   Republicans also want to increase legislative oversight of agency rule making. Republicans’ top priorities for this session include reducing government spending and helping Oregonians get back to work.

The most recent unemployment rates have revealed that one in every five Oregonians is functionally unemployed.

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  • Steve Plunk

    Decades late but I’ll take it. Let’s get the federal government to do the same and if the world survives keep renewing the suspension of new rules over and over again.

    • Ron Marquez

      Just curious, would you oppose any regulation change with a Republican in the governor’s chair and a GOP majority in both legislative chambers.

      • Steve Plunk

        I would support repeal of regulations but no new regulations in that case. Even with Republicans controlling both chambers and the executive office the nature of government is to grow and become more complex. Throw in the law of unintended consequences and you can see even Republicans can create mischief. Part of our problem with modern government is it’s complexity and the inability of common citizens to understand all of the laws, administrative rules, codes, and rules. The complexity allows bureaucrats to rule without the consent of the governed. That’s a recipe for citizen discontent.

      • Sick and tired of DNCocracy

        Inadvertently buzzed “Liked” when “Reply” was the intent. That said, more often than not, what’s right for Oregon hasn’t originated from the left – and, with a GOP gov and legislature, the bilge pumps might start working, but not before the OEA and SEUI are decertified and their PERS put in common place with the public sector.

  • Shopper

    Ikea would be better.
    Yuppies galore could take their cheap but fashionable furniture home on the rail!!

  • Anonymous

    Not all regulatory changes are bad. Many are necessary to comply with federal law. Many state-run programs like Medicaid and food stamps must remain in compliance with ever-changing federal requirements, or else the state can lose federal matching funds and create bigger budget problems.

  • Undecided

    Most of these regulations were put in place to prevent these rich business people from screwing the little guy, me. I want this protection – otherwise they will take advantage of me.
    Without these laws people in China could sell me bad toothpaste or pet food. With these laws I know I am safe.
    There are so many choices about what to buy, how can I possibly be expected to be able to make a decision. I need help and that is what the Democrats have given me.
    How dare you peoples think they should stop. We need them now more than ever.

    • Mary’s Opinion

      If your post is sincere, clearly you want to be taken care of by the government. It isn’t just your bad toothpaste and pet food comment that tells me this. Are you not capable of researching products so you can make informed decisions. Do you not have pride in striving for independence and self reliance in your personal life? God help us. There are far too many who share your attitude. And the governnment would love it if there were more.

    • Mary’s Opinion

      If your post is sincere, clearly you want to be taken care of by the government. It isn’t just your bad toothpaste and pet food comment that tells me this. Are you not capable of researching products so you can make informed decisions. Do you not have pride in striving for independence and self reliance in your personal life? God help us. There are far too many who share your attitude. And the governnment would love it if there were more.

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