Most entrepreneurs and especially small business owners cringe when it comes to the concept of multiple layers of government telling them how to run their business. By the time you get done with the special assessment districts, and municipal level it will have cost you a pretty penny, most in complying with nonsense, but you’ve just begun, because then there is the state level, in a bigger state a lot of if it duplication. These agencies need to enforce and write fines and charge fees to grow their bureaucracy, and they do, at our expense. Let’s talk, because there is more if you order a new business today!
Consider if you will the enormously bloated Federal Government as well. Luckily, they don’t come calling often if your business is in a suburb or rural area, but if you are near a metro area, god help you, because they want your money too, and they have an on-going amount of new regulations each year, any one of these new regulations could cost you all your profit in your current fiscal year, sometimes you have to take out a loan to buy new equipment to comply. And as you do you learn some major corporate lobbyist for the equipment makers in the industry helped to get that law passed in the first place, carefully coaxing along a few protestor type environmentalists or some group supporting a social cause – anything from endangered species to the ADA (American Disabilities Act).
Even if you comply very quickly, you can still be sued in civil court, hardly what I call fair or civilized. Not long ago, I was discussing with a high IQ acquaintance some of these issues and how we did need to foster standardization in our nation to maintain efficiencies and synergies for commerce. And in defense of this notion, despite all the regulations and the issues about, one could point to the Internet, if everyone was using a different set of protocols it wouldn’t work very efficient at all, or the width of the rail tracks, or all of the things which make seamless (using that term lightly) intrastate trade possible, along with a common currency.
Much more beyond that and all these layers of government are quite redundant and costly, we are killing our small business community and jobs in the process – to what avail I ask? We do not create synergies with duplicate over regulation, over-lawyering, or an overbearing group of law makers adding insult to injury day in and day out. Please consider all this and think on it.