Many business people have raised concerns over excessive regulations hampering business growth and job creation. However, at first glance, it appears that California voters don’t make the connection between regulations and job creation in a new Public Policy Institute of California survey. According to the poll, a plurality of likely voters and all adults picked jobs and the economy as the most important issue facing people in California. At the same time, likely voters and all adults agreed by a wide margin that the statement government regulation of business is necessary is preferable to the statement that government regulation does more harm than good.
Business owners are not opposed to regulation. Excessive regulations, added paperwork, and suffocating mandates on how businesses operate are the issues that frustrate small business owners. The PPIC question asked for an up or down verdict on all regulation, which doesn’t reflect the real world. Regulation and mandate reform—not eliminating regulations– likely would lead to economic growth and job creation.