FRANKFORT, Ky. – Gov. Matt Bevin promised recently to identify
and eliminate or revise outdated and unnecessary state regulations that hamper
business growth in Kentucky.
The governor announced the Red Tape Reduction Initiative, which
will cut through the red tape of excessive and complex regulatory burdens that
are a hardship for many business owners.
“As a business owner, I understand firsthand how difficult it
can be for a new or growing business to be aware of, understand and comply with
every government regulation,” Gov. Bevin said. “While some regulations are very
necessary and protect the public safety, others can stifle economic growth,
impose unnecessary costs on businesses and impede private sector investment.
These costs all get passed through to the consumer. I constantly hear from
business owners that confusing government mandates and red tape are huge
challenges for them. There are more than 4,500 state regulations on the books
in Kentucky, and only 15 to 20 percent of them have ever been reviewed for
effectiveness or ongoing need. This suffocating red tape is a problem that must
be fixed and, with the help of all Kentuckians, we intend to do just that.”
Gov. Bevin is asking businesses throughout the state to assist
in this effort by identifying burdensome regulations and offering suggestions
for improvement. A website has been established, www.redtapereduction.com, to collect those ideas and suggestions for review.
The governor has already instructed cabinet secretaries to start
a review of all government regulations currently on the books. He is also
asking all state employees, including those who enforce these regulations, to
offer suggestions for improvement.
The initiative has the support of many business organizations
throughout the state. Gov. Bevin is seeking input on red tape reduction ideas
from both businesses and individuals.
“Any person who has dealt with government at any level, may well
have come across a regulation that just doesn’t seem to make sense. So, I
invite all Kentuckians to contact us with their thoughts and ideas. We need all
hands on deck to reduce the amount of government red tape in the Commonwealth.”
For more information on the initiative or to
submit a suggestion on a regulation that should be reviewed, please visit www.redtapereduction.com