How Missouri Can Benefit from Less Federal Regulations

To build a successful business it requires risk, opportunity, a growing economy, and a lot of hard work. For the last eight years, business owners, farmers, and consumers have experienced limited opportunity and a tepid economy. What we have seen is a surplus of bureaucratically conceived rules and regulations that waste time and money and give government ever increasing amounts of power and influence.

During his presidency, Barack Obama issued more than 600 federal regulations at the cost of more than $700 billion to the taxpayers. Regulations are expensive, and regulations are intrusive. Certainly some regulations are required, but bureaucratic issued regulations in lieu of legislative action are rarely more than just “good ideas” thought up by employees absent the sense and the perspective to know that they will do to the men and women trying to make payroll and run a business. In most instances, regulations simply cost business owners money that they would otherwise be spending to hire new employees or invest in their business with no positive end result.

In 2015, the Obama EPA reinterpreted the Clean Water Act extending its jurisdiction to any creek, muddy farm ditch, or prairie pothole located within a significant nexus of navigable waterway. The result of this interpretation is a vast expansion of the EPA’s jurisdiction on to farms and private property never before regulated by the EPA. With this ridiculous interpretation of the Clean Water Act, farmers would have been forced to gain federal permits simply to continue to farm their property in the exact same manner they were previously.  Fortunately, the Trump administration, with the support of Senator Blunt and other Republican members of Missouri’s Congressional Delegation, has halted the implementation of this rule. I join those who value private property rights across the nation in hopes that the rule will be completely and totally discarded, henceforth being considered only as the model of executive overreach.

Only Missourians know what’s best for Missouri. We want a system that works for us, not a one-size-fits-all approach based upon models such as California or Illinois. Missourians need to be making significant policy decisions to grow and improve our economy, and that is what we are doing this legislative session. We will continue to push back on the federal government when they exceed their authority, particularly when it is done on the backs of hardworking Missourians. In doing so, we add certainty to the state’s business climate to facilitate job and wage growth across the Show-Me State.

Sen. Mike Kehoe, R-Jefferson City

District 6