Senator Hildenbrand unveils plan to cut red tape and put Michigan back to work

LANSING — Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, along with several of his Senate colleagues, announced measures to help put people back to work by cutting the red tape that creates hurdles for job providers in Michigan.

Hildenbrand said Senate Bills 271 through 279 will reduce burdensome regulations on individuals and businesses to help create jobs and boost Michigan’s economy.  He sponsored SB 277, which requires the Michigan Department of Agriculture, the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Environmental Quality to peer review their programs and implement common-sense regulatory and permitting reforms.

“This package of bills says the status quo is unacceptable and we need to make important changes,” said Hildenbrand, R-Lowell. “If we want to restore Michigan’s economy, the best way to do that is to cut up the red tape and roll out the red carpet for job providers.”

Other measures in the eight-bill package would:

Level the playing field for Michigan job providers by prohibiting rules more stringent than federal rules, unless authorized by state law;
Require state agencies to consider disproportionate effects rules might have on small businesses compared to larger companies;
Improve timeliness in permitting and end delay tactics by regulators who keep asking for additional information; and
Increase transparency in the rulemaking process to improve the opportunity for comment and suggestions by those impacted.

Hildenbrand said reforming Michigan’s regulatory climate is critical. According to Site Selection magazine, business executives look at the ease of permitting and regulatory procedures second only to the availability of desired workforce skills when choosing the place to locate or expand their business.

“Michigan has a strong workforce.  It is time we remove the obstacles facing job providers in west Michigan and across the state so they can create good paying jobs,” Hildenbrand said.   

Editor’s Note: At a Michigan Capitol news conference, Sen. Dave Hildenbrand and his Senate colleagues announced measures to help put people back to work and cut the red tape that creates hurdles for Michigan job providers.  The above photograph is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s photowire at: