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Guadagno calls red tape efforts a ‘first step’

By , - Last modified: March 7, 2011 at 4:38 PM

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno convened the first public meeting of the permanent Red Tape Review Commission, which aims to reduce regulations that slow down job creation and investment.

Last year, the Red Tape Review Commission, led by Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, cut the number of pages in the state registry by more than half.
The nine-member commission met March 2 in Jersey City, and heard testimony from people involved in a range of industries, including health care, real estate, construction and higher education.

Guadagno held several meetings of a red tape review group before she signed an executive order as acting governor in September that made it a permanent commission.

The work of the group last year contributed to a steep drop in the number of pages of the state register, which lists adopted and proposed regulations. It fell from 7,020 pages at the end of 2008 to 3,012 pages two years later.

Its a great first step but only that, a first step, Guadagno said in a statement. The ongoing Red Tape Review Commission will not only continue this progress, but further spread the news far and wide that its a new day in New Jersey, one defined by an environment welcoming to business and amenable to investment.

Andrew Kitchenman

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