As an insurance broker in Columbia, I represent many types of customers in the area who must comply with a wide range of regulations.
While federal regulations are usually created with good intentions, the sheer number of new rules being passed down on the small business owners and manufacturers are forcing local businesses to spend more time and money on compliance.
In my line of work I encounter many business owners who have a hard enough time making ends meet without the added logistical and economic pressures of complying with multiple and oftentimes redundant regulations.
Most of my customers need help understanding, let alone complying with, all of the regulations forced upon them.
I see firsthand how the increasing amount and complexity of regulations negatively impact the people and business owners of Columbia.
When regulations make it harder for business owners to succeed, it makes the entire Columbia community suffer. This is why the federal regulatory process needs to be streamlined to make regulations less complex.
Changing our regulatory process has strong bipartisan support, and I believe our Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill should help make this a priority in Washington.
Wally Pfeffer lives in Columbia.