American businesses pass on to the American people $1.1 trillion in costs of complying with federal regulations. This is more cost per U.S. household than the cost of health insurance.
Smaller businesses bear the heaviest load of the cost of business regulations. They spend four and a half times as much per employee to comply with environmental regulations, and 67 percent more per employee on tax compliance than big businesses do.
This is data recently released by the Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration. The Office of Advocacy has been trying for decades to get many of these regulations modified for small businesses—all to no avail to date.
Yet, small businesses—with fewer than 500 employees—are truly the backbone of U.S. Industry. Here are some little known facts about the importance of small businesses in America:
- Represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms.
- Employ half of all private sector employees.
- Pay nearly 45 percent of total U.S. private payroll.
- Have generated 60 to 80 percent of net new jobs annually over the past decade.
- Made up 97 percent of all identified exporters.
- Hire 40 percent of high tech workers (scientists, engineers, and computer workers).
- Produce 13 times more patents per employee than large patenting firms, and these patents are twice as likely as large firm patents to be among the one percent most cited.
(The Office of Advocacy of the Small Business Administration also recently published this information.)
So, in spite of all the challenges thrown at small businesses…by government agencies and private institutions alike…small businesses have remained the backbone of America’s Free Enterprise system.
Now, with the economy in the tank, our small businesses are in even greater jeopardy. Let us not allow the politicians to build the barriers any higher.