The Cost of Doing Business in America — New Study by

One of the great untold stories in modern journalism is how government controls strangle business and productivity. Fortunately, some businesses are starting to fight back. For example, check out this new study by, which surveyed small businesses across America about issues such as.

  • Ease of starting a business
  • Hiring costs
  • Regulations
  • Health & safety
  • Employment, labor & hiring
  • Tax code
  • Licensing
  • Environmental
  • Zoning

Here’s one particularly noteworthy fact: “Small businesses care almost twice as much about licensing regulations as they do about tax rates when rating the business-friendliness of their state or local government.” As bad as taxes are, the ability of government to simply keep you out of business or close off your most important options can be even more devastating. Again, check it out.