Michigan Small Business Owner Tells Congress: Regulations Are Holding Us Back

Date: December 09, 2015

Michigan Small Business Owner Tells Congress: Regulations Are Holding Us Back

Washington, DC (December 9, 2015) –This morning,
Michigan small business owner Ralph Beebe told Members of Congress that growing
regulations are holding back his ability to grow and hire more employees. Beebe
is one of the owners of Highland Engineering, Inc., which manufactures
equipment for the Department of Defense, government disaster response and
commercial customers.


“To keep up with the growing red tape, I’ve had to hire a
dedicated compliance worker,” said Beebe. “I would much rather hire another
welder, someone who could help us do more work and compete for more contracts.”


Beebe testified in front of the
House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Workforce Protections. The
title of the hearing was “How the Administration’s Regulatory Onslaught is
Affecting Workers and Job Creators.”

While Beebe testified mainly
about his own experience, he also pointed out that many other small business
owners are finding it difficult to keep up with the pace of new regulation. He
said, “The pace of changes in regulations is astounding.  In October of
2011 the Federal Acquisition Regulation or FAR was on revision 44, by October
of 2015 it is now on revision 84.  With this current pace of excessive
regulation by the Administration, more and more small businesses will either
have to divert our monies to hiring compliance personnel as we did, or will
simply decide that the burden is too great and get away from the over
regulation by dissolving the business.”

Complete video of the hearing is
available here.
Beebe’s written testimony is available here.

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