Gov. Jeff Colyer said he’s as frustrated with burdensome regulations as any small-business owner.
The governor spoke Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Small Business Day at the Capitol, hosted by NFIB, the Wichita Independent Business Association, and the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce Small Business Council.
Colyer, a surgeon who previously owned a medical practice in Johnson County, said he would work to ease the regulatory burden on small businesses.
“Here’s what drives me crazy,” he said. “In my practice, two-thirds of my staff would work on the administrative side and one-third was dealing with the clinical side. The exact opposite of where it should be by any stretch of the imagination.”
Colyer also addressed the concerns many small-business owners have about finding enough qualified workers.
According to the most recent NFIB Small Business Economic Trends survey, finding qualified workers now exceeds taxes and regulations as the top concern for small businesses.
Small Business Day at the Capitol was held at the Kansas State Capitol Visitors Center in Topeka. Other speakers at this year’s event included Senate President Susan Wagle and House Speaker Ron Ryckman.
“Small Business Day gives our members the opportunity to learn more about what’s happening in Topeka and to speak out about the issues affecting their businesses,” NFIB State Director Dan Murray said. “It also gives our members a chance for our members to meet one-on-one with their local legislators.”
That’s important, Wagle said.