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Marshfield biz complains about "layers" of government red tape to Gov. Walker


MARSHFIELD, WI (WTAQ) - A Marshfield furniture-maker told Governor Scott Walker that small businesses face “layers and layers” of government red tape – and they could create jobs if they didn’t have so many mandates.

Lang Furniture hosted Walker’s second listening session Thursday on the priorities that people want Madison to address.

Plant owner Lyle Lang told the Republican governor that he wants high public safety and health standards but, “There’s got to be a more customer-friendly way to do that.” And Lang said it’s almost impossible for small businesses to do everything that government agencies ask.

Walker agreed that it would be more attractive to start a business in Wisconsin if regulatory mandates were streamlined.

Later in the day, the governor held a similar listening session at the Torrance Casting foundry in La Crosse. One worker said he wanted to study to be an electrician, but he could not afford to take a loan – and he didn’t expect his boss to pay for his schooling.

Walker said it might be possible for the state to provide matching funds to businesses for that purpose. The governor also received questions about the Obama health care law, and how it would work.