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Risch legislation: who will it help and how?

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Open letter to Senator Risch: I read your guest opinion in the Idaho County Free Press, published July 19, in which you propose legislation for the Small Business Administration to oversee the impact of regulations on small businesses. I have a few questions regarding the small businesses to which you refer and of which federal regulations they need relief.

Do you know the definition of “small business?” According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, 500 employees or $7,500, 000 of receipts is the maximum to qualify. Are these the “small businesses” that need relief?

Do we need another level of bureaucracy to oversee an existing level? That is not smaller government.

I know quite a few entrepreneurs, locally and haven’t heard of any suffocating governmental regulations. My daughter is starting her second business. Her husband has a small business. My other daughter has a small business. None of them has voiced any concerns to me about regulations.

Interestingly, your letter was in the same issue of the Idaho County Free Press, which featured a local entrepreneur, Emily Kaschmitter. Ms. Kaschmitter has started a weed spraying business and has contracted with Idaho County. Ms. Kaschmitter is a 2016 graduate of Grangeville High School. Apparently, problems with regulations have not stopped her.

Which regulations are giving businesses problems? The ones which keep employees (up to 500) safe? Or the ones which protect our air, water and land? You didn’t specify which ones were so restrictive to “small business.”

Is this just another bait and switch like the exempted property tax for businesses you legislated as Idaho governor, laying the weight of school funding on sales tax and private citizens’ local school levies? At school levy election time, some local businesses advertise how supportive of our children and their education they are; is it because they like the status quo and don’t want to shoulder their fair share of school funding that local land owners have to carry, since your tax reform?

Please clarify your proposed legislation and tell us who and how it will help.

Michelle Perdue



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