The next round for Walker
In an interview with Sheryl Poe at Free Enterprise, Governor Scott Walker talked about a possible next step for improving Wisconsin’s economy:
Walker gave a hint that further regulatory reform might be next on his agenda when he praised fellow Jobs Summit attendee Utah Gov. Gary Herbert (R), who recently eliminated 368 outdated business regulations. “Utah had more than 1,100 rules and regulations that were out of date, that were just big barriers to business, particularly small businesses, and repealed over 300 of them,” Walker explains. “Those are things we could be doing because I hear that all the time from employers. Looking at what [Herbert] and other governors have done to get those regulations back to common sense, I think it’s something we’d like to do in Wisconsin.”
Over at Hot Air, J.E. Dyer reminded us how much needs to be done:
In 2011, Forbes ranked Wisconsin 35 out of the 50 states for regulatory environment. The Small Business & Entrepreneurship (SBE) Council ranks Wisconsin 24th overall in its Small Business Survival Index, but says Walker has been making improvements. Wisconsin ranked 34th in the SBE Council’s 2011 study in “Taxation,” with high personal income taxes, corporate income and capital gains taxes, property taxes, and fuel taxes.