Walorski Stops at Plastic Solutions in St. Joseph County

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Walorski Get Regulation Out of the Way district-wide tour stops in South Bend

South Bend, Ind. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today stopped in St. Joseph County as part of her district-wide ‘Get Regulation Out of the Way’ (GROW) tour. Over the next two days, Walorski will visit manufacturers, local businesses and farms to hear how federal regulations have affected their industry.

During her stop at Plastic Solutions, Inc., Walorski toured the facility and met with employees to hear how federal regulations have impacted the hiring of employees, future growth, and productivity of the company.

Since 2012, 500 major federal regulations have been issued, costing taxpayers, including business owners, almost $2 trillion in compliance. A ‘major’ regulation is anything expected to have a $100 million annual effect on the economy. According to the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index, business owners have cited regulations as a top impediment to conducting business for over 65 months in a row.

“St. Joseph County businesses employ over 100,000 workers and federal regulations are forcing businesses like Plastic Solutions, Inc. to spend time, money, and energy to ensure they’re in compliance. In fact, every dollar used to comply with the over 80,000 pages of regulations from the EPA is money they could have used to hire more workers,” Walorski said. “Instead, it’s wasted following the arbitrary rules put in place by unelected bureaucrats. I’m thankful for companies like Plastic Solutions, Inc. for continuing to employ Hoosiers and I’m committed to growing our economy by ending job-killing regulations that are crippling Indiana businesses.”

Since 1991, Plastic Solutions, Inc. has been making high-quality plastic parts, predominately serving the automotive industry but also makes parts for industrial and consumer use. The equipment in their 90,000 square-foot facility utilizes computer controlled processing to continually provide the highest quality of parts.

“The Indiana Manufacturers Association appreciates Congresswoman Walorski’s efforts to bring attention to the problem of burdensome federal regulations,” said IMA Communications Director Charlene Hickey. “Her support of legislation in the House, like the REINS Act, will hopefully slow the implementation of ill-conceived federal regulations that increase costs, reduce business investment, and prevent hiring.

Last month, Walorski supported legislation to prevent burdensome federal regulations from crushing manufacturers with unnecessary costs. H.R. 427, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, which requires any rule or regulation with an economic impact of $100 million or more to come before Congress for a vote before taking effect.

Click here to view photos from Walorski’s GROW tour.

Walorski represents the 2nd Congressional District in Indiana, where she serves as a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, House Armed Services Committee and House Committee on Agriculture, and Chair of Nutrition Subcommittee.

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