Mike Pence is out to remove rules, fees and licenses if he's elected governor.
Tuesday the Republican candidate laid out a new portion of his jobs plan.
He wants to grow business in Indiana by lowering its bureaucratic burdens.
Pence said some rules have to be in effect, like those required by the federal government.
And some professions, like doctors and nurses, simply must be regulated.
But he said state government has gone too far in many of those areas and he wants to roll things back.
Pence unveiled his plan at Perma Column, a Wells County business that makes metal-reinforced precast concrete foundation posts for agricultural buildings.
He said businesses like Perma Column are hurt by over-regulation.
Last year alone, nearly 300 new regulations came out.
"If I'm elected governor, on day one I will issue an executive order placing a moratorium on all new regulations on Indiana businesses, Pence said. Every dollar that a business spends complying with bureaucratic paperwork is a dollar that they could have invested in creating Hoosier jobs."
Pence said his administration will do a cost-benefit analysis of all proposed regulations and review existing ones to make sure they don't stifle job growth.
He'll also review the more than $600 million the state collects in fees and permits to make sure they pay for services and don't just constitute a form of hidden taxes.
And he's challenging the fact that one in seven Hoosiers works in a regulated profession, and he wants to know if those workers really need to be licensed.
"Interior designers are currently regulated in the state of Indiana, Pence said. Auctioneers are regulated in the state of Indiana, as are massage therapists. The good news is, we no longer regulate hypnotists."
Business owners supporting Pence said the rules are a challenge, especially dealing with unemployment claims.
"There's three different hoops you have to jump through, said Perma Column General Manager Phillip Stoller. And each time the assumption is that the employee deserves the unemployment and that the business is guilty of wrongfully firing that person. And that's been a challenge to deal with."
Pence had some semi-critical words for Gov. Mitch Daniels' administration on this issue.
While he said Daniels has worked to remove burdens from business, the continued growth in regulations during the past four years shows more work is needed.
Pences Democratic opponent, John Gregg, jumped right on that one.
Later in the day Gregg issued a statement saying, This is what happens when you are out of state and out of touch. You call Mitch Daniels an over-regulating job killer.
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