When Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin addressed a Maine Heritage Policy Center luncheon recently, he laid out the Kentucky way for making a state more business friendly.
Bevin is known for his Red Tape Reduction Initiative, his administration’s movement to review, update and eliminate burdensome regulations.
Some regulations are necessary to protect health and safety, Bevin said, but some are costly and burdensome for business.
When Bevin took office, there were more than 4,000 regulations in Kentucky’s list of Administrative Regulations. Bevin said his administration repealed 617 of them and amended 661 of them.
According to the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, the 2018 Code of Maine Rules contains more than 113,000 restrictions.
“Undoubtedly, thousands of restrictions could be nixed from the CMR to help Mainers thrive,” Adam Crepeau of the Maine Heritage Policy Center wrote in summing up Bevin's appearance.
Another policy that Bevin advocates is right-to-work. Bevin signed a right-to-work bill for Kentucky in 2017, which means that Kentucky employees are not required to join or pay dues to a union as a condition for employment. Union dues are lower in right-to-work states, Crepeau said, as is the pay of union officers.
Bevin also recommended that Maine eliminate prevailing wage requirements. Prevailing wage establishes a rate of pay for public projects, but Bevin said it increases the cost of public works projects.