As owner of Heartland Forest Consulting, LLC, it is my job to help people make the most of their trees and forested property.
Many of my clients are farmers and landowners with investment interests in their property. Unfortunately, the most common problems I see my clients, as well as business owners like myself, face aren’t created by the land, but instead by government bureaucracy and federal agencies. I consistently find that regulations are the top concern among people trying to start or grow their businesses.
There are so many regulations, both state and federal, on landscaping, timber harvesting, chemical applications, employer responsibilities, taxation, insurance and more. Land and business owners in Missouri have trouble making sense of them all – especially when many of these regulations overlap.
The regulatory process desperately needs to be reformed and simplified so that ordinary people trying to make a living and grow their businesses can do so without unnecessary hoops to jump through.
In addition to the complexity of the regulatory system, the associated economic burdens also cause hardship for Missourians and deter small business owners from hiring.
I hope our Sens. Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt push in Congress for regulatory reform that emphasizes helping business owners and not penalizing them.
Chris Lohmann lives in Ashland.