Regulations Stifling Success
For those that doubt that government regulation stifles success, they need look no further than The Pilot article “American Growler Closing Robbins Plant.”
The plant in Robbins that builds vehicles for the U.S. Marines will soon close due in part to the fact that the Senate has refused to pass a budget for more than three years and due to a HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zones) policy which requires contractors to employ people within a specific area.
The Budget Control Act of 2011, enacted due to a lack of a true budget being passed, requires the Department of Defense to cut $600 billion as part of a balanced and fair approach to spending reduction with no attention paid to the state of our union.
Due to this act, the U.S. Marines are unsure of their ability to order new equipment, and the contractor that employs American Growler in Robbins was forced to end their contract and the employment of about 50 Robbins residents.
American Growler has another facility in Star, but due to the government restrictions from HUBZone, American Growler is unable move the Robbins employees to their Star plant, even though there is work to be done in Star by the Robbins employees.
I hope that the 50 employees in Robbins recognize that they have the government to blame for their unemployment more than they thank the government for their unemployment payments, which will be only a fraction of what they previously earned.
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