In rebuttal, C. Summers: Government must work for the people

Maine businesses need government to get out of the way, and let them grow this economy again. That’s why I pushed for the creation of the nation’s first Small Business Advocate, a resource for Maine small business owners facing burdensome paperwork requirements, complex state laws, and overzealous regulators.

The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting recently wrote about Maine’s Small Business Advocate (Aug. 22). Unfortunately, its reporters overlooked key facts and neglected to mention details in places, providing an incomplete picture of the yeoman’s work the Small Business Advocate has done on behalf of Mainers in the short time since the position was created.

Small business owners across the state have told me that an adversarial bureaucracy was holding them back from growing. They don’t have the resources for lawyers or consultants to help them navigate the complex regulatory waters of Augusta. I saw a clear opportunity to put government back on the side of small businesses by assigning an independent representative to fight on their behalf.

The advocate serves as an independent, accountable and appropriate check on the state’s efforts to regulate Maine’s businesses.

As small business owners across the state know, a business-friendly regulatory climate drives private sector job growth. Small businesses — not government — are the source of growth in our state, and the advocate’s office works tirelessly on their behalf to ensure Mainers get a fair shake from their government.

Government works for the people, not the other way around. It is time to end the contentious relationship between business and government. We must foster a pro-growth climate that will provide job creators with the economic certainty they need to grow and succeed.

The advocate’s office has shone a bright light on the detrimental impact that overbearing regulations can have on small businesses.

I believe firmly that we need to get government out of the way, so we can let our small businesses grow this economy again. That’s why I created the office of the Small Business Advocate.

Maine businesses need someone who knows what it’s like to work late nights to make sure bills are paid. My experience as a small business owner is something that has shaped my perspective on government and I work to make sure our hard-working men and women have a voice.

Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.

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This coming from a man who

This coming from a man who stated that if he won the republican primary he would resign his position as Secretary of State...I am still waiting for the resignation. At this point it looks as if Mr. Summers will say anything (just like any other politician) and yet not follow through. Talk about the APPEARANCE of bad ethics since the Secretary of States office oversees the election process.

Jason Theriault's picture

Don't be so quick....

Mr Summers, don't be so quick to dismiss red tape as burdensome. While some may seem unnecessary, a lot of it comes from the old adage "Measure twice, cut once."

It's easier and less costly to overplan something than it is to underplan and then fix it. It maybe slower, but it is better in the long term. Recent history has shown that when left unregulated, businesses can go too far and cause widespread problems. Examples like Enron, WorldCom and the 2008 banking crisis come to mind, but you can go futher back to the S&L crisis, the Great Depression and even the Tulip crisis of the 1630's

I would rather slow, steady growth over boom and bust cycles any day.

MARK GRAVEL's picture

Did I read this correctly?

Did I read this correctly? More government bureaucracy is needed to combat government bureaucracy!

Jason Theriault's picture

“The bureaucracy is expanding

“The bureaucracy is expanding to meet the needs of the expanding bureaucracy.”
-Oscar Wilde

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It's going to be

It's going to be exceptionally difficult to end the contentious relationship between business and government, given the shallow snarky obstructionism exhibited in the comment posted at 7:50. There are too many people who want to end the relationship by killing off business and handing more and more responsibility to big government, the least competent entity in American society.

The one government job created is to help small business navigate the Kafka-esque rules and regulations and other obstacles created by government. Until we can start getting rid of all that junk, this is the least we should be doing.

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yeah right

So, let me get this straight. You have created exactly one job, a government job, and this government job is going to help small business create jobs. But, I didn't think government had anything to do with creating jobs. That's some serious pretzel logic there.


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