As a small business owner, I understand firsthand the unrelenting burden the regulatory environment has had on small businesses. Implementing reasonable reform is one of the simplest, lowest cost ways for public officials, like Senator McCaskill and Senator Blunt, to create new employment opportunities. I encourage them to do so.
I own and operate one of the largest flooring stores in mid-Missouri. Among other things, my business uses chemical adhesives and cleaners for flooring installations that are highly regulated. Many times it is very difficult to get the needed products in a timely manner. While regulations serve an important purpose, the amount of regulations on many fronts are overwhelming and burdensome for smaller businesses. I was not surprised to learn that nearly 85 percent of small businesses are not hiring and many are pointing the finger at uncertain government regulations as the major culprit. There are currently no better examples of that fact than the absolute uncertainty of the impacts of the Affordable Care Act and the ever increasing utility rates due to the assault on coal to fuel our power plants.
I believe we can continue to protect workers and the environment, while removing some of the more onerous regulatory barriers to growth. It’s abundantly clear that in order to create jobs and expand our economy, America needs to rethink how the size and scope of regulations affect businesses, especially small businesses.
Dave Griggs owns Dave Griggs Flooring America in Columbia.