Utah politicians and business leaders want federal regulators to cut the red tape

- SALT LAKE CITY, Utah- (ABC 4 Utah) – Utah lawmakers believe federal regulations are holding us back and they want the feds to back off.

State, local and federal politicians are meeting with business leaders at the Solutions Summit hosted by Governor Gary Herbert and Senator Mike Lee.

They are discussing ways to limit federal regulations.

"As the federal government imposes 2 trillion dollars in regulatory compliance costs it makes it harder for hard working Americans, especially poor, middle class Americans to get jobs, to get ahead and make their way up the economic ladder. It's impeding job growth and it's causing a lot of problems," said Lee, (R) Ut.

Lee believes a big part of the problem is congress has outsourced law making to regulatory agencies, people who are not accountable to voters.

A display at the summit illustrates his point.

The 2013 federal registry with more than 83,000 pages of rules made by agencies in one year, next to about 800 pages containing laws passed by congress in one year.

Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma was very critical of this in his key note speech.

"It's all about being able to have the freedom and the liberty with the responsibility, but moving that responsibility closer to the people that are being impacted by it," said Coburn, (R) Ok.

People like business owner, Maxine Turner who says she isn't held back operating in Utah.

She says there is a good balance in the food and hospitality industry and welcomes the regulations they do face.

"It's a very user friendly community for small business and we flourish and we thrive. It's a great place to be in small business," said Turner, President of Cuisine Unlimited.

Lt. Governor, Spencer Cox says that's the difference the state can make.

"We think we can do that better as a state. We're not perfect, but we are working on it," said Cox.

Lee endorses the REINS Act as one possible solution.

It would require regulatory agencies to get congressional approval on any major rule before implementing it.

The act has been passed in the house three times, but has not gone to a vote in the senate.

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