I learned over the weekend that Governor Nikki Haley of South Carolina has issued an Executive Order to all Cabinet agencies, boards and commissions to review all current and proposed statutes, regulations and policies that are overly burdensome to the state's economy. Wow, talk about a Governor who gets it. Governor Haley is soliciting input on the matter from the public, businesses, professional associations, government employees and others throughout the State. What a refreshing change it would be to have a governor issue such an order and challenge everyone to get rid of overly burdensome laws.
In Maryland, it seems that we can't help but to drive business away year after year through excessive regulation and taxes. It is especially troublesome when we border one of the most business friendly states in the US (Virginia) and that Maryland is one of the most poorly rated states in which to do business. Maryland seemed to be making some headway in the business friendly rankings, but to make matters worse we are now considering increasing the minimum wage and making sick days mandatory for every employer to provide to its employees. Neither is that onerous to large businesses in Maryland, but a killer to small business. I applaud Gov. Haley for undertaking such a visionary initiative in making South Carolina less regulatory burdensome and more business friendly.