Michigan Small Business Owner Tells Congress: Regulations Are Holding Us Back

Date: December 09, 2015

For Immediate Release
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NFIB Member Testifies on Capitol Hill About Excessive

DC (December 9, 2015)
–This morning, Michigan small business owner Ralph Beebe
told Members of Congress that growing regulations are holding back his ability
to grow and hire more employees. Beebe is one of the owners of Highland
Engineering, Inc., which manufactures equipment for the Department of Defense,
government disaster response and commercial customers.

keep up with the growing red tape, I’ve had to hire a dedicated compliance
worker,” said Beebe. “I would much rather hire another welder, someone who
could help us do more work and compete for more contracts.”

Beebe testified in front of the House
Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections. The title of
the hearing was “How the Administration’s Regulatory Onslaught is Affecting
Workers and Job Creators.”

While Beebe testified mainly about his
own experience, he also pointed out that many other small business owners are
finding it difficult to keep up with the pace of new regulation. He said, “The
pace of changes in regulations is astounding. 
In October of 2011 the Federal Acquisition Regulation or FAR was on
revision 44, by October of 2015 it is now on revision 84.  With this current pace of excessive regulation
by the Administration, more and more small businesses will either have to
divert our monies to hiring compliance personnel as we did, or will simply
decide that the burden is too great and get away from the over regulation by
dissolving the business.”

Complete video of the hearing is
available here. Beebe’s
written testimony is available here.



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