Cut the burden of government regulations

Why is this important to Colorado?

Business growth is a key component in maintaining a strong Colorado economy that creates lasting job opportunities and invests in our state’s infrastructure. It is vital for Colorado to continue to promote entrepreneurship and business growth by cutting the burden to comply with government  regulations and making requirements easier to navigate.

  • Cutting measurable burden allows businesses to feel the direct impact of time and cost savings associated with doing business in Colorado, and encourages businesses to expand into Colorado.
  • It is possible to reduce compliance burden without compromising public health, safety or the environment.  “We are pro-business, but with the highest standards.” Governor John Hickenlooper, Governing Leadership Forum, August 2017.
  • Colorado is proud to have the 7th highest concentration of small to mid-sized business (fewer than 20 employees) and these regulatory reform efforts continue to support their success and growth
  • Departments engage stakeholders early in the regulatory process and regularly review rules for economic efficiency, thus facilitating win-win solutions that protect the public with the least burden to business. 

How do we measure success?

  • All 12 Departments with rulemaking authority certify annually that stakeholders have been engaged early for every rule promulgated (before the proposed draft stage)
  • All 14 Departments with rules or requirements that impact businesses ‘Cut the Burden’ for businesses to comply each year, as measured by time saved or costs avoided
    • In FY17 costs avoided totaled at least $9 million and time saved totaled over 2.5 million hours
    • For example:
      • The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) removed a dairy cattle vaccine requirement deemed no longer necessary, saving $1,490 per cattle producer
      • The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) shortened proposal documents to 5 pages on select projects, saving small business engineering and consulting firms 120 hours per firm in paperwork 
Status Outcome Measure Outcome Baseline (June 2015) Actual (June 2016) Actual (2017) Outcome Target Target Date
Early stakeholder engagement on rules 0 of 12 12 of 12 12 of 12 100% (12) 2016
Compliance burden reduced 0 of 14 N/A 14 of 14 100% (14) 2016

Source: Source: DORA, Governor's Office, Office of State Planning and Budgeting. Note: some Departments Cut the Burden for more than one program

What actions are we taking?

  • Each Department ‘Cuts the Burden’ by reviewing regulations or requirements to identify ways to save money and/or time for customers

  • Departments are leveraging Lean process improvements to cut measurable burden that saves time and/or money to businesses

  • Each department publishes an online guide and protocol explaining how citizens can directly engage in the rulemaking process, and certifies to the Governor each year that stakeholders were engaged prior to the proposed draft rule

  • In addition, the Colorado Office of Policy, Research & Regulatory Reform (COPRRR), housed at the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies, is expanding statewide regulatory input.  COPRRR has launched a new citizen-centric web presence (https://www.colorado.gov/dora-oprrr) and published a “Citizen's Guide to Rulemaking” for the public and stakeholders. COPRRR is also working to increase cost-benefit analysis requests and expand solicitation of public input for proposed regulatory programs and rulemaking.

  • Since 2011, the Hickenlooper administration has substantially modified state agencies’ rulemaking and reviewing processes to improve the rights of citizens and businesses with respect to transparency and efficiency in the regulatory process

  • Through “Pits and Peeves”, the Administration identified roadblocks to businesses, reviewing over 22,000 rules of which 6,000 were modified and 4,500 were repealed.