PHOENIX, Ariz., Jan. 12, 2015—Farrell Quinlan, Arizona state director for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), issued the following statement after Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s first State of the State address today:
“Arizona small-business owners are thrilled and inspired by Gov. Doug Ducey’s bold initiative to make Arizona the best place in America to work and do business.
“Governor Ducey’s new regulatory moratorium and top-to-bottom review of regulations throughout state government are exactly what an all-too-often beleaguered small-business community has been counting on him to pursue and deliver.
“In his State of the State Address today, Governor Ducey again demonstrated that he grasps how burdensome and job-killing over-regulation can be for small business’ ability to survive, let alone grow and prosper. Adding a small-business owner to his Regulatory Review Council will help ensure his commitment to reducing timeframes for permits and licenses are accomplished.
“Small-business owners work very hard to comply with the mountain of regulations federal, state and local jurisdictions impose on them. It’s spectacular to hear Governor Ducey commit to eliminating bureaucratic entanglements that are outdated, irrational, unfair or destructive to free and honest enterprise in Arizona.
“NFIB is making regulatory reform and government efficiency our top 2015 legislative priority, including Governor Ducey’s initiatives outlined in his State of the State, a law ensuring small-business owners are made aware of their due process rights during the regulatory process, as well as reforming the ‘corporate culture’ within the state bureaucracy from one that metes out harsh penalties to one that assists our small business job creators with regulatory compliance.”
For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America’s economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. NFIB’s educational mission is to remind policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses; they have very different challenges and priorities.
National Federation of Independent Business/Arizona
1702 East Highland Ave. Suite 403
Phoenix, AZ 85016-4630