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Feds May Ease Regulations On Businesses

Written by Ken Gaebler
Published: 8/23/2011

Government takes steps to reduce regulatory and paperwork challenges that adversely impact economic growth.

The Obama administration announced August 23 plans to cut down on red tape for more than two dozen federal departments or agencies, a move that would save businesses about $10 billion over five years, Bloomberg reported. The 500-plus cuts and reforms will affect everything from the Department of Agriculture to the Department of Veterans affairs.

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Cass Sunstein, administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, told reporters the plan would save the government money, reduce waste and strengthen the economy, Reuters said.

The plan to create jobs was unveiled during President Barack Obama's summer vacation on Martha's Vineyard. He also announced plans related to air quality, the ozone layer and injury prevention that some say will place a larger burden on small businesses.

"While removing some modest burdens with this hand, with the other hand the administration is proposing new costly and unnecessarily burdensome rules that will wipe away all the savings that have been proposed today,” Rosio Palmieri, vice president of regulatory policy of the National Association of Manufacturers, told Bloomberg.  

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