Michigan cannot afford to add up to $500 million in costs to current and future job providers. We need to be eliminating job-killing regulations, not adding new ones. That is why I supported legislation passed by the state Senate to prevent bureaucrats from imposing unnecessary burdens on jobs providers.
Senate Bill 20 would prohibit state officials from enacting mandatory ergonomics regulations. Voluntary guidelines would be allowed but could be no more stringent than federal standards.
The measure will save jobs and send a positive message to companies looking to come here. Gov. Snyder supports this positive step, and I am confident the House will join us in getting government out of the way of economic growth.
California, which just passed Michigan in unemployment rates, is currently the only state with separate mandatory workplace ergonomics rules. Ergonomics standards are included in federal workplace rules that companies operate under.
New ergonomics mandates are unwarranted and would hurt small and medium-sized businesses in southwest Michigan the most. Studies show that these separate rules could cost Michigan employers an extra $400 to $500 million. We should pursue policies that encourage job growth and retention.