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Senator Wagner talks regulatory reform

You spoke. I listened.

Over the last few months, local residents wrote to me with stories of examples of complex regulations crippling job growth and stymying economic development.

Your suggestions did not fall on deaf ears.

Do you have more regulations to report?

These are a few examples of what I heard from you loud and clear –

  • Outdated: PA Code Chapter 1245. Ambulance Transportation. Many requirements are outdated and in conflict with other laws and regulations. –Donald
  • Excessive: PA Code Chapter 102. Erosion & Sediment Pollution Control. Many requirements are excessive and inconsistently enforced. –Gus
  • Excessive: Farm storm water runoff, from 1000 feet away. There is no environmental benefit for regulations that far away. Make storm water regulations consistent with the more sensible manure regulations. –John
  • Excessive: Monthly drinking water tests at all eating establishments, including seasonal concession stands. Instead, make them quarterly. –Tina
  • Excessive: Regulations that take away teachers’ control of their classrooms. Instead, empower teachers. –David

Above is a word diagram of the greatest concerns in #ScissorsOut submissions, with words sized by the number of times constituents mentioned them in their submissions.

Here is the good news: I am leading a bipartisan effort to limit the growth of future regulations.

Senate Bill 1102 would count, cap and reduce the number of regulations in Pennsylvania.

Our bipartisan solution employs a “one-in, two-out” model, which means that for every new requirement in a state regulation, two must be eliminated. After six years, the model would be replaced with a “one-in, one-out” model to control future regulatory growth.

A recent Mercatus Center study found Pennsylvania has over 153,000 regulations on the books! For example, our state has over 200 regulations on the design and use of ladders! Regulations are crippling Pennsylvania’s ability to grow and create jobs.

Look no further than our state’s unemployment rate, which is consistently higher than the national average. Our state’s current unemployment rate is 4.8% percent, while the national average is 4.1% percent.

Thank you to those who provided your feedback through my #ScissorsOut initiative. If you want to report another excessive or outdated regulation, I will continue collecting them at the #ScissorsOut website below.

You can read more about Senate Bill 1102 here.


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