DENVER — Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 — Gov. John Hickenlooper today unveiled recommendations to reduce government “red tape” and regulatory inefficiencies based on feedback from more than 100 business organizations, local governments, advocacy and community groups statewide.
“Red tape and unnecessary regulations are road blocks to economic development,” Hickenlooper said. “We need a government that is responsive to our concerns and priorities and spends our tax dollars wisely. That means government needs to know when to regulate and when to get out of the way.”
The recommendations were created after a six-month series of “Pits and Peeves” roundtable meetings held in all parts of Colorado.
The meetings focused on the experiences of roundtable participants with government red tape, as well as their ideas and suggestions to eliminate unnecessary bureaucracy. Recommendations were compiled in a 94-page report called “Cutting Red Tape in Colorado State Government.”
“We heard from businesses across the state that excessive government regulation and too much red tape kept them from expanding or hiring more people,” said Barbara Kelley, executive director of the Department of Regulatory Agencies. “By hosting these collaborative roundtables, we identified how the state can be a better business partner.”
The red tape issues identified by the participants concerned both discrete, individual rules and regulations, as well issues of a more systemic or structural nature.
State agencies have already started making changes to address issues around red tape and appropriate regulation. For example:
Click here to read the “Cutting Red Tape in Colorado State Government” report.