Easing the Regulatory Burden on Small BusinessNFIB is pushing for legislation to create increased regulatory fairness and address small business concerns with Connecticut’s government red tape. While NFIB applauded recent legislation repealing many outdated and obsolete regulations as a good start, NFIB will also continue to remind the legislature and the administration that achieving regulatory relief and reducing red tape for small businesses is an ongoing process. NFIB supports numerous legislative measures that would reform the regulatory process and provide regulatory relief to small business owners. These would include: requiring an ongoing comprehensive review of all existing regulations; ensuring state agencies adhere to small business impact statement requirements; streamlining permitting requirements; requiring a cost benefit analysis of new and existing regulations; and implementing a regulatory fairness model for small businesses based on federal and other successful states’ programs.
Prevailing Wage MandateFight against legislation to extend the costly prevailing wage mandate to private construction projects. While Connecticut’s prevailing wage law makes public construction bidding more complicated for small contractors, it also makes these projects more costly for taxpayers. Some advocates are trying to expand the state’s prevailing wage law to private projects as well. NFIB will stand opposed to any further expansion of the prevailing wage mandate, but especially against any intrusion into the private sector.