On January 26, 2011, in his State of the State address, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert said that “most important ways government can nurture a business-friendly environment” is to “make regulation fair”. Then, taking a measured approach, Governor Herbert said:
I understand that the purpose of government regulation is to maintain a level playing field. As a small business owner, I have also experienced the cost and frustration of over-reaching and irrational regulation. In order to separate regulations that serve an important purpose, from those regulations that serve no purpose at all, I have asked each member of my Cabinet to review existing business regulations and determine which could be kept, which should be modified, and which will be eliminated.
Governor Herbert’s state of the state address is available at http://www.utah.gov/governor/news_media/article.html?article=4169. As more information becomes available about the implementation of this Cabinet-level review of regulation, it will be posted here.