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VIDEO: Knoxville gets a visit from the red tape cutting fairy

December 12th, 2011

WBIR in Knoxville catches with Lt. Governor on the road meeting with small business owners hearing their concerns and answering their queries:

“In Tennessee, 85 percent of our jobs are created by small businesses. So what can we do to help those businesses? The answer is absolutely nothing. We need to get out of their way.”

Watch the full video.

Making an impact in Memphis

December 12th, 2011

“These days, wherever Tennessee Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey walks people tend to follow. As proven by his unchallenged leadership in the Republican-controlled General Assembly, his Senate colleagues would appear to be firmly in “lock-step” with the outspoken East Tennessee realtor and auctioneer…

…But, the sometimes bombastic Ramsey was all ears on Wednesday in listening to a roomful of Memphis businessmen concerned with state government red tape issues and their effects on creating potential jobs. Ramsey’s Tennessee Red Tape website seeks ideas on how to speed up the process of receiving state issued business permits and licenses.

“The ultimate issue here is creating jobs, because everyday that that license is on somebody’s desk or everyday that that permit lays on somebody’s desk is a day a job wasn’t created,” Ramsey stated.”

Read the full report at this link.

Ramsey announces Red Tape Road Trips

October 12th, 2011

Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey today announced a series of discussions with business owners called Red Tape Road Trips. From now until Christmas, the Lieutenant Governor will be meeting with Tennessee’s business owners and entrepreneurs to hear concerns and offer help in dealing with state government and remove any and all “red tape” in the way of those putting capital at risk to create jobs.

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Website Feedback Could Help Cut Through Redtape

October 6th, 2011

Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey once met with a farmer who had been cited by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation because he dug a drainage pond on his land without first getting the proper permit.

But while Ramsey said he agreed with the state environmental agency’s decision to cite the farmer because he broke the law, the state senator from Blountville said Friday that he disagrees with how the matter was handled.

“The first contact he had with the agency was a letter in the mail,” Ramsey said, adding that the letter not only informed the farmer he was in violation of the law but also threatened to fine him up to $10,000 a day if he did not immediately correct the situation.


The lieutenant governor also said he’ll help with the process by collecting feedback from his constituents on, a website he launched in March to collect stories of how excessive government bureaucracy can impact daily lives. Ramsey said he’s heard from several people who’ve struggled with various aspects of the state government, and in some cases has been able to help make their lives easier.

Read the full report, including a video interview, on WJHL’s website.

Cut the debt, taxes, and red tape that impede job creation

September 9th, 2011

An open letter by US Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA)

President Obama and I share a deep concern about America’s jobs crisis: half a million Pennsylvanians are out of work, and no net new jobs were created nationwide in August.

As he prepares his new jobs plan, I urge him to think big about how we can create sustainable employment for the long-term. This is not a partisan issue but an American issue, and true progress is vital for our future.


Cut unnecessary red-tape and over-regulation. We need effective, dependable rules that protect our health and environment without smothering good jobs here are home. Struggling on thin margins, local contractors say they are overwhelmed by federal audits, certification requirements, and complex paperwork. In our region especially, new Washington rules that lack common sense hurt union energy workers. The president recently canceled hundreds of counterproductive regulations, including one that would have cost our economy up to $90 billion annually. This is a start. We can do much more and still have strong health and safety rules.

Read the full letter at

Business has heavy input on Tennessee regulations review

September 9th, 2011

The Haslam administration’s project to reduce regulation and make Tennessee friendlier to business is still gathering data and it will be late in the year before a set of recommendations is ready.

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam promised a top-to-bottom review of regulations soon after taking office in January, saying that cutting regulation would help deliver jobs and reduce the state’s nearly 10 percent unemployment rate.

Read the full story from the Associated Press via the Kingsport Times News.

Is Business Choking On Red Tape?

August 22nd, 2011

About a year ago, I wrote about The Shocking Cost of Regulation and the unintended consequences new rules can have on our business system without proper cost-benefit analysis being done. A year later, it’s clear the swarm of red tape is choking companies and impeding growth.

U.S. businesses continue to deal with the unintended consequences of these regulations. According to Wayne Crews of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, there are currently more than 4,000 new regulations in the pipeline and a record 81,405 pages of new rules were created in the Federal Register during 2010. As the economy continues to sputter, many thought-leaders’ voices have grown louder in protest against increased regulations.

Read the full article on Speaking Alpha.

Ramsey Rolls Out ‘Red Tape’ Website

March 29th, 2011

Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey said he hopes to create a “megaphone” for Tennessee small businesses by launching a website that will give them a place to air their grievances with state government.

He says the site,, which stands for “Ridiculous Employee Decisions That Affect People Every Day” will collect complaints about dealing with Tennessee government bureaucracy.

“Tell me how government red tape has affected your life. I’ll help you cut it,” Ramsey said via Twitter moments after he announced the website Monday in a press conference at Capitol Hill.

His staff will manage the website and chase down submitted complaints, such as problems applying for a business license, and try to rectify the problems.

Ramsey, who is titled the “chief red tape cutter” on the website, doesn’t know how much maintaining the website and following up on complaints will cost the state of Tennessee, he said. But “this will be best money that has ever been spent in the state of Tennessee” if they ease headaches for small businesses.

The site was applauded by representatives from the National Federation of Independent Business and the Tennessee Center for Policy Research, a free-market think tank.

“The regulatory environment in our country and in our state is crushing free enterprise and job creation,” said Jim Brown, state director of the NFIB.. “A lot of folks have been talking about jobs bills. Where’s the jobs bills? And, in our minds, this is part of a jobs bill.”

Read the full report and watch video of the press conference at

Ron Ramsey Registers Red Tape Website

March 27th, 2011

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Streamlining Regs, Red Tape Will Help Ease Unemployment: Haslam, Ramsey

March 27th, 2011

Streamlining Regs, Red Tape Will Help Ease Unemployment: Haslam, Ramsey
by Mike Morrow

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam made what to some may have been a startling declaration recently at an economic development meeting.

Responding to a reporter who asked the former Knoxville mayor for an update as to the contents of his job-creation initiative, the recently sworn-in governor replied that the public ought not anticipate a comprehensive, all-encompassing bill or administration-backed piece of legislation aimed at easing unemployment, because there likely isn’t going to be one.

That may come as a surprise to Tennesseans who thought Haslam’s main focus as governor was going to be on putting people back to work. The issue was central to Haslam’s election campaign, in which he pledged to make Tennessee the No. 1 state in the Southeast in job-creation.

Read the full article here.

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