Just a few decades ago, small businesses in California often banded together to buy health insurance on the premise that a bigger pool of enrollees would get them a better deal. California's dairy farmers did it; so did car dealers and accountants.
Sonny Perdue, agriculture secretary for President Donald Trump, will pay his first visit to Modesto on Sunday.
Perdue will take part in a 2:30 p.m. discussion at the West Campus of Modesto Junior College, open to the public. The hour-long program is sponsored by the California Farm Bureau Federation and will be moderated by President Paul Wenger, a Modesto-area nut grower.
The secretary is a former Georgia governor and state lawmaker who also has worked as a veterinarian and in agribusiness.
The Trump administration has taken the lead on reducing the crushing regulatory burden on farmers and ranchers, and it’s time for Congress to do its part by reforming the laws that created this regulatory burden in the first place. The next farm bill, expected to be considered in 2018, provides the best opportunity to make this happen in a very long time. Congress shouldn't let this opportunity slip by.
Talk to farmers and there’s one thing you will consistently hear: the federal government is creating regulatory obstacles that are making it very difficult for them to produce the food that helps to feed this nation and the world. The regulatory problem in agriculture is widespread, impacting small and large farmers alike, as well as farmers across different commodities and across the entire country.
As part of the measures following from US President Donald Trump’s executive order issued back in March calling for the easing of “regulatory burdens” on the energy industry, the US Environmental Protection Agency will be reviewing the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act, amongst others, it was announced last Wednesday.
Specifically, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be reviewing how the two bedrock laws in question, as well as others, impact the energy industry and recent job losses. The aim is apparently to “reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens” on business.
“We are working to curb unnecessary and duplicative regulatory burdens that do not serve the American people,” explained EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt in a statement.