As the amount of local, county and state regulation increases, the ability of Montana citizens to exercise their rights under Montana’s Constitution Article II “of pursuing life’s basic necessities” has become increasingly difficult. While we understand the state’s interest in protecting the public through regulation, we also understand that the regulatory corpus becomes outdated, ineffective, and presents barriers to entry for people working in their own interest and it needs continual review for rationality, cost effectiveness and process efficiency in order to provide for the economically disadvantaged to rightfully earn a living in the economic pursuit of their choosing.
We are convinced that the regulatory burden falls disproportionately hard on individuals who hope to create and trade products and services who are in the initial start-up or early expansion phase of small business enterprises and that certain regulations are in place either from a poor understanding of the risks posed to the public or by regulatory capture of special interest who, under the banner of public interest, gain by limiting the entry of new competition and market participants. Additionally, over time the bureaucratic processes of regulation become equally prohibitive for new and growing market entrants and increases in perpetuity for the convenience of the regulators at the expense of the regulated.
Thus, the goal of The Montana Regulation Project (The Project) is to reduce the regulatory barriers to entry for first stage growth and other small enterprises to the greatest extent possible without damaging the public interest.
This is not a bad effort at all. The socialist demon which possesses me tells me that they will likely not find the wealth of bad regulation that they hope. But there certainly is some out there, and it needs to be exposed, discussed and changed if possible. That is the point of advocacy, and kudos to Dave and Gregg for taking this beast to task.