Small businesses hit with many regulations

As it stands now, millions of Americans are out of work, and taking part time jobs they don’t really want.  And the government isn’t making it any easier for them.  Those looking to cast off a frustrating job search and set out to make money on their own will encounter a vineyard of red tape and fees that varies in thickness depending on where they live. 

The regulation discussion in Washington often centers on the financial industry or the environmental rules that factories have to navigate, even small-time businesses confront this challenge.   So let’s go over a few of these small business types, and the regulations they are forced to follow to remain in business:

The food-vendor industry >>

Supposed you want to be a food vender on the street.  Not all so fast, as each city has their own rules and regulations.  You can’t make food on site in Chicago or Dallas.  Also Long Beach, Calif., prohibits the selling of newspapers or flowers. Vendors frequently encounter restrictions on how close they can be to other vendors or restaurants, or how long they can sell their goods in one spot.   And then we can’t forget all the fees.  Somce  families may be compelled to sell their junk. But aside from the recurring threat of online sales taxes for those who try to sell on and elsewhere, some jurisdictions even regulate old-fashioned garage sales. 

In Avandale Arizona last year, a family could only have 4 garage sales per year.  This is to protect the residential character of the city’s neighborhood.

Renting property is also a problem.  In some cities, one must have  a rental license and threaten steep fines for violating the policy. In the District of Columbia, a license costs $173 to rent out a home, and more than $200 to rent out a basement, once all the fees are added up — on top of that, there’s a 10 percent charge for something called a “technology fee.”    Fox News

Even becoming a tour guide in your hometown, is subject regulations.  In many cities, one must fill many licensing requirements.  For instance, in New Orleans, now requires local guides to submit to a background check and drug test every two years, threatening jail time for those who try to give tours without being properly tested and licensed.   Four tour guides have recently challenged the rules in federal district court, saying they violate freedom of speech. 

Door to Door Salesmen>>

In Mountain Brook, Ala., the City Council has moved in recent years to tighten rules governing the local salesman. In 2008, it voted to slap a $150 fee on licenses for door-to-door salesmen, and require them to report all sales within seven days to the city or face the seizure of their license.    The council even required them to display the license while on the job.  Fox News

Fairs and festivals have even fallen under the watch of government regulations and fees.  No one escapes the money grabbing government.  In Utica New York, the local council proposed a $1 fee on every ticket sold.  Also, there would be a surcharge on alcohol at city events.  This move then threatened to push out 3 major events, a fireworks show, a food festival and a garage sale.   While supporters of the fee argued it was needed for law enforcement and other city services, the organizers said the new fees would add thousands of dollars in costs to putting on events that aren’t very profitable in the first place.


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