Bolling Announces "Reduce Red Tape" Business Roundtable Tour
~Tour Focuses on Reducing State and Federal Laws and Regulations to Make it Easier to Start a Business in Virginia~
Ibbie HedrickMonday, October 01, 2012
Richmond - Lieutenant Governor and Chief Jobs Creation Officer Bill Bolling today announced the "Reduce Red Tape" statewide business roundtable tour that will take place in October. Throughout the month, Lieutenant Governor Bolling will meet with business leaders and local elected officials to discuss what can be done at the state and federal level to make it easier to grow and start a business in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Speaking about the "Reduce Red Tape" tour, Lieutenant Governor Bolling commented, "We should be doing everything we can at the state and federal level to make it easier for job creators to be successful in Virginia and across the country. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Over the last few months alone we have seen the negative impact federal laws and regulations have had on the ability to create jobs in the Commonwealth. Two weeks ago, Alpha Natural Resources announced that they are being forced to lay off 1,200 workers and close eight mines due to President Obama's war on coal. Recently, the National Labor Relations Board changed a regulation that now allows micro-unions to form within businesses in right to work states, enabling big labor to increase union memberships and hurting businesses large and small in Virginia. And, because of stringent renewable fuel standards, our poultry producers in the valley are facing high corn feed prices, raising their bottom line and making it harder to do business. These are all examples of avoidable job-killing policies that Washington is mandating on states."
Lieutenant Governor Bolling continued, "We must stand up to the job-killing policies that are becoming law in Washington, DC. At the same time, there is more we can do in Virginia to make it easier for entrepreneurs to grow and create jobs and companies to choose the Commonwealth to do business. Over the next month I will be traveling the state talking to these job creators about what we can do to cut the red tape to help businesses be more successful in the Commonwealth, and what we can do at the state level to fight the policies Washington is putting in place that are killing jobs and infringing on our job creator's ability to do business. Virginia is consistently ranked one of the top states to do business, but that doesn't mean we can stop there. Still today too many people are unemployed, too many businesses have stalled plans to open or expand, and too many opportunities are passed by because of fear that the next law or regulation will drive a company out of business. I look forward to spending the next month listening to business and local leaders and gathering ideas that we can put into action this coming General Assembly Session, or do immediately through executive action, to help cut the red tape and get Virginians back to work."
Upon taking office, Governor Bob McDonnell appointed Bolling his Chief Jobs Creation Officer. In this role, Lieutenant Governor Bolling has overseen the state's economic development efforts and worked to create a more pro-business environment in Virginia. As a result, 118,300 net new jobs in have been created in Virginia over the past two and a half years and Virginia's unemployment rate has dropped from 7.3% to 5.9%.
A schedule of the roundtable tour is below. Additional details will be released the week of each roundtable.
"Reduce Red Tape" Roundtable Tour
October 5th -Roundtable in Harrisonburg
October 9th - Roundtable in Virginia Beach
October 15th - Roundtable in Fredericksburg
October 16th - Roundtable in Manassas
October 24th - Roundtable in Petersburg
October 26th - Roundtable in Danville
October 26th - Roundtable in Martinsville
October 29th - Roundtable in Roanoke
October 29th - Roundtable in Lynchburg
For additional information contact Ibbie Hedrick at 804-225-2487 or email@example.com.