Congressman Bob Gibbs

Representing the 7th District of Ohio

April 4, 2013

April 4, 2013
Columns

This week, I had the opportunity to tour several facilities, both private and public, in Avon with Mayor Jim Smith.  It gave me great insight into how a local government understands its priorities, opportunities and challenges much better than any bureaucrat or agency in Washington.

The hard work and dedication to their community that these local small business owners exhibit is extraordinary.  I applaud their efforts to create much-needed jobs in their community and contribute to the growth of our struggling economy.  I have always stood behind the efforts of small businesses, and it was inspiring to see them in action this week.

The point that I kept coming back to throughout the tours was that local communities, which provide the day-to-day services, which house and employ their residents, know what is needed to bring industry and jobs to their city or municipality.  A one-size-fits-all approach to job growth and community development mandated by the federal government just does not work.  Avon has different needs and opportunities from Millersburg in Holmes County, and they are the ones who know how to best approach those needs.

Unfortunately, President Obama and Democrats in Congress do not understand this.  They want to place top-down mandates and regulations on America’s small businesses and impose red tape that constrains our economy, all while increasing their taxes at the same time.  Instead of placing harmful regulations on small businesses, we should be fighting to make it easier to do business and employ hardworking Americans.  Last Congress, I voted for the Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act, which combats regulatory overkill.  I also cosponsored legislation that would require major regulation proposals go back to Congress for an up or down vote.

America’s small businesses are trapped by the federal bureaucracy imposed by the Obama Administration.  According to the Small Business Administration, small businesses are burdened with regulatory costs 36 percent higher than large businesses.  House Republicans are working hard to get the American economy back on track, but unfortunately our colleagues on the other side of the aisle not fighting with us.

Government spending has increased by $800 billion in only two years under President Obama. The answer to this spending problem is not to impose taxes on small businesses that create jobs.  When small businesses and local governments have to tighten their belt and balance their budgets, the federal government should be doing the same. We must operate under a budget that cuts government spending and shields taxpayer dollars from the reckless spending that got us into this predicament in the first place.

The innovation I saw at companies like Shurtech, FlavorSeal and Willoway Nursery is what is going to drive this economy into the future, and the French Creek Family YMCA is a great example of the private-public partnerships that can help communities thrive.

I want to thank Mayor Jim Smith for my afternoon with him and commend him and the entire city of Avon for continuing to rise to the occasion, and turning their challenges into opportunities.