Earlier this week liberal economist Paul Krugman declared there is “no correlation” between government regulations and job creation. When pressed on the issue and encouraged to ask actual business owners how government regulations impact them, Krugman dismissed such claims, saying, “I have talked to them [business owners], that's not what they say.”
When people who want more government regulations argue in favor of a new mandate on employers, one of the most used arguments the new rule won’t break the bank. Taken in isolation, that is often true. However, as Washington Policy Center has pointed out to lawmakers, these seemingly harmless regulations have a cumulative effect that eventually become so burdensome they cripple employers and prevent entrepreneurs from creating th
Yesterday I participated in a press conference held by Senators Holmquist Newbry, Braun, Brown and Representative Manweller to highlight the pro business bills passed by the Senate that now await House approval.
On February 22 I was asked to testify before the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee on SB 5292 (companion bill is HB 1457), a bill that would significantly expand the paid family leave law that was passed in 2007 but never implemented because a funding source was never agreed upon.
Today Governor Inslee unveiled his “Working Washington Agenda,” a package of “legislative proposals to create and sustain a thriving economic climate.” In a press conference, the governor claimed his plan will “create a positive climate for job growth” and “give Washingtonians the tools to get back to work.”
Just hours before Governor Jay Inslee holds a press conference to unveil his “Washington Jobs Agenda,” his “legislative proposals to create and sustain a thriving economic climate,” the House Labor & Workforce Development Committee this morning passed two bills that would do more to kill jobs and strangle the economy than any legislation in recent history.
Despite Executive Order 11-03 from Governor Christine Gregoire implementing a moratorium on “non-critical” agency rulemaking in 2012, state agencies still imposed more regulations than the previous year. Under the Executive Order, agencies weren’t supposed to adopt new regulations unless they, “protect Washingtonians from significant risks to public health, safety or welfare, or by request of local governments, businesses or entities the state regulates.”
It does not appear agencies paid much heed to Gregoire’s directive.
At a press conference at the state capitol today, Washington Policy Center offered policy recommendations showing how lawmakers can improve Washington’s small business climate, help working families and spur economic recovery in our state.
In yesterday’s final State of the State speech, Governor Gregoire spent 44 minutes summarizing her struggles and accomplishments leading the state of Washington for during the last tumultuous eight years.
When she finally got to the state’s business climate, Gregoire bragged that, “…over the past eight years, we had little or no increases in workers’ comp premiums.”
Demonstrating that government rules and regulations play a significant role in small business owners’ staffing decisions, two reports show small businesses across the nation cut back on hiring this summer and have lowered their staffing plans for the future.