One of the most frequent topics small business owners raise with me as I travel Kansas and visit their factories and offices is the burden of federal regulations. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), businesses with fewer than 20 employees spend more than $10,000 per year per employee, to comply with federal regulations. I am working in Washington to prevent the implementation of costly new regulations like the Utility MACT rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) -- the most expensive regulation ever proposed by the EPA, which would raise utility costs for Kansas small businesses. I am also working to reform the regulatory process so that the costs and benefits of new regulation are studied before a rule is implemented.
If you are a small business owner who has suffered from excessive federal fines, penalties, or unfair regulatory enforcement, you can report the incident to the SBA Office of the National Ombudsman. This office assists small businesses with unfair and excessive regulatory enforcement by federal agencies and coordinates regional regulatory fairness boards that report cases of unfair regulatory enforcement.
Freeing small businesses from the web of federal regulatory enforcement will allow business owners to invest more of their resources in growing their business and hiring new employees.