Jobs Creators Offer Views on Regulations

By February 8, 2011Regulations

Roll Call today found a welcome, different angle to the now well-covered story about Chairman Darrell Issa of the House Oversight and Investigations Committee seeking the views of business representatives on excessive federal branch regulations. From “Everybody Has a Rule They Hate“:

When Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) asked businesses for their gripes about government regulations, he received detailed dossiers from some of K Street’s heaviest hitters, such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He also got a two-page missive from Captain Steve Papen, who owns Fintastic Fishing Charters in St. Petersburg, Fla.

“Our regulations and outdated regulatory methods are out of control and we need the help of OUR government to make things right,” Papen wrote to Issa’s committee through its website link that encouraged anyone to submit comments. “We are being exploited on every level and we too have the right to make a living doing something we love.”

In an interview, Papen told the paper that his business is suffering largely because of regulations put certain fish such as red snapper and gag grouper off limits for some portion of the year.

Papen’s comments were made via a website,, set up by Chairman Issa to solicit input from everyday business owners and operators about the burdens of regulation.

On Monday, Issa also released copies of submissions his committee had received, commenting:

Policymakers often hear anecdotal examples from job creators about how government regulations impede the type of permanent, private-sector job creation necessary to successfully lower unemployment. This project is an opportunity for private industry to put forward detailed and specific examples so that both the American people and policymakers can determine for themselves what actions can be taken to create jobs.

Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, testifies Thursday before the House Oversight Committee and its hearing, “Regulatory impediments to job creation.” (Here’s the NAM’s letter to the committee.) Other witnesses:

  • Harry Alford, CEO, Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Karen Kerrigan, President, Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council
  • Tom Nassif, President and CEO, Western Growers Association
  • Jerry Ellig, Senior Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University
  • James Gattuso, Senior Research Fellow in Regulatory Policy, The Heritage Foundation
  • Michael J. Fredrich, President, MCM Composites, LLC
  • Jack Buschur, President, Buschur Electric

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