Walker signs executive order to reduce regulatory burden on small businesses

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed an executive order to further empower the Small Business Regulatory Review Board to determine the economic impact of rules on small business and increase the flexibilities state government must give employers when complying with regulations.
“Today we are taking another important step toward making our state an easier place to start up, expand, or relocate a small business,” Walker said.  “Giving small business owners a seat at the table when discussing state regulations will help get buy-in for rules and regulations from employers, assist state agencies in promulgating rules that are realistic, and ultimately grow jobs in Wisconsin.”
The executive order signed by Walker requires all state agencies to cooperate with the Small Business Regulatory Review Board in the rule review process. Walker said all agencies will cooperate with the board to identify rules that hinder job creation and small business growth.  Agencies will also work with the board to recommend changes to the rules that will reduce the burden on job creators while continuing to comply with the intent of the statutes that created them.
According to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), Wisconsin small businesses spend 80 percent more per worker than large employers to comply with government regulations.
The executive order is an extension of 2011 Wisconsin Act 46, which was signed into law by Walker and made changes to the makeup of the Small Business Regulatory Review Board.
Walker signed the order while visiting Dynamic Displays in Eau Claire.

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