Columbia, SC — Gov. Nikki Haley’s statement that the government should never hold up a project is just ridiculous (“Haley: Cut rules that hurt businesses,” Feb. 13). There are appropriate evaluations for the government to make about many proposed projects, and time may be required for that. Delays should be minimized, but Gov. Haley should recognize that minimizing the delay may necessitate augmenting the personnel.
When I read the governor’s order for state agencies to review all regulations, I learned it was as silly as I thought. She asks them to see which regulations unduly burden businesses, but the regulations were established under the S.C. Administrative Procedures Act, where (1) everyone was allowed to comment on the proposed regulation, (2) the responsible agency concluded that the regulation was appropriate and (3) the Legislature did not get nasty comments saying it was inappropriate and therefore reject the regulation.
If there are changes some of the governor’s friends think need to be made, she should go to the effort of determining workable changes and propose them, not reevaluate the entire system of state regulations.
Further, the governor only asks that agencies evaluate what would affect businesses. But much of the purpose of the regulations is to protect the people. Her directive ignores the concerns of the people. These businesses should fund a review and propose what they think is appropriate. This would put the burden where it belongs, on the beneficiaries.
Andrew Yasinsac Jr.