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Red tape worse to NFIB leader than transportation woes

By PAT JENKINS

Editor

Government regulations are the biggest hindrance to economic development in Washington, according to the state director of the National Federation of Independent Business.

The red tape is the “number 1 problem. Transportation is far down the list,” said Carolyn Logue, who indicated that it’s wrong to believe that supporting Referendum 51 in next month’s general election is the path to bolstering the state’s business climate by improving transportation.

R-51, a statewide ballot measure, proposes higher taxes to fund transportation projects.

But “unclogging freeways won’t solve all the business problems in Washington,” Logue said, adding that companies involved in trucking “don’t know if they can survive” the higher gasoline tax proposed in the referendum.

Logue, speaking to the Federal Way Rotary Club Oct. 2 at Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club, said businesses in general need affordable health insurance and relief from regulations governing office ergonomics and workers compensation.

“This is a good year to fix all of this. There’s an election going on, and politicians are likely to kiss the cheeks of babies and business owners,” Logue said.

She encouraged businesspersons to tell candidates for the Legislature about the need for regulatory flexibility because unless candidates run their own businesses, they don’t understand business perspectives.

“Do they really know what it’s like to mortgage your home to make payroll, or to tell your spouse after five years of being in business that some day you’ll make a profit?” Logue mused.

She said what’s good for small-business growth is good for the economy, since two-thirds of new jobs created since the 1970s sprang from small businesses. Thousands of the businesses “hiring just one or two people will get us out of this recession,” she said.

The Washington, D.C.-based NFIB claims about 600,000 members nationwide. The state chapter Logue leads takes positions on state legislation only if 60 percent of the state’s membership agrees.

Editor Pat Jenkins can be reached at 925-5565 and editor@fedwaymirror.com

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