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Michigan Businesses Have 1K Fewer Rules To Follow

Governor Rick Snyder announced today that Michigan businesses now have one thousand fewer rules to live with.

Rob Nederhood is Deputy Director of Michigan’s Office of Regulatory Reinvention.

He says they were challenged to eliminate outdated or obsolete administrative rules. 

“There were over 19 thousand rules when Governor Snyder asked us to take this on in April 2011.  And at this point”, he says, “we’re at just over 18 thousand rules.” 

The goal was to eliminate outdated rules and to streamline the remaining ones.

One dropped rule required businesses to keep records on punch cards.

Nederhood says he hopes the team will find 2 thousand more rules to streamline or drop by 2015.  “If we can find that sweet spot, where we can reduce regulation, reduce costs for businesses, make it more customer friendly for the citizens, without compromising public safety, those are the opportunities we’re looking for.” 

But he says the next round will be more challenging.

- Chris Zollars, Michigan Radio Newsroom