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Blaine's Bulletin: Small Business Relief

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Washington, February 23, 2018 | comments
Representing the Third District of Missouri has given me the opportunity to meet with businesses across our region on a daily basis. Whether it is a lawn care service near the Lake of the Ozarks, a defense contractor in St. Charles, or a restaurant owner in High Ridge, every business I have met with during my tenure in Congress has had one thing in common: concern over burdensome regulations from the federal government.
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Representing the Third District of Missouri has given me the opportunity to meet with businesses across our region on a daily basis. Whether it is a lawn care service near the Lake of the Ozarks, a defense contractor in St. Charles, or a restaurant owner in High Ridge, every business I have met with during my tenure in Congress has had one thing in common: concern over burdensome regulations from the federal government.

As the Vice Chairman of the Small Business Committee and small business owner myself, it is not lost on me that regulations disproportionately affect small business. Large corporations have the benefit of compliance experts, lawyers, HR teams, and money to help them comply with the rules coming out of Washington. However, small business owners often wear multiple hats and must become a regulatory expert while trying to grow their business. When small business owners are spending more time trying to satisfy the countless demands of government than growing their business, their workers, the local community, and the US economy will ultimately suffer.  

Fortunately, the tide of overregulation has begun to turn. The Federal Register, which holds all existing federal regulations, was an astounding 95,984 pages long at the end of 2016, the last year of the Obama Administration. This is the highest total ever and an increase of 15,000 pages over the year before. However, in one year under President Trump, the regulatory regime has been severely downsized and the federal register cut to 61,960 pages, the lowest count since 1993.

This deregulation has greatly increased small business confidence in the economy and has small business owners invested in growing. This sentiment has been reflected in numerous surveys across the country which show that small businesses have more confidence in the economy than they did just a year ago and anticipate economic expansion in the next year. For example, the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) conducts a monthly optimism index of small businesses, and in January the rating was one of the strongest in the 45-year history of NFIB Surveys.

The importance of small businesses to the U.S. economy cannot be understated. Nearly two thirds of all new hires and 48 percent of all private sector employees come from small business. I can tell you first hand that when I now meet with small business owners I hear a completely different tone, one of optimism and excitement for what the future holds. As your representative in Congress, I look forward to meeting more small business workers and owners throughout Missouri and will continue our efforts to curb the regulatory overreach from Washington.

CONTACT US: As always, for those of you with Internet access, I encourage you to visit my official website. For those without access to the Internet, I encourage you to call my offices in Jefferson City (573-635-7232) Washington, Mo. (636-239-2276), or Wentzville (636-327-7055) with your questions and concerns. If you want even greater access to what I am working on, please visit my YouTube site, Facebook page, and keep up-to-date with Twitter and Instagram.


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