IRON MOUNTAIN - U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Crystal Falls recently finished his "100 in 100" small business tour, but he is continuing to visit businesses and hold town hall meetings while he is on break from his duties in Washington.
Through his meetings with businesses across the district, the congressman said that he has learned three things:
- Businesses are having more trouble with government regulations from organizations such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) than with anything else.
- There is too much uncertainty in the tax code.
- Although President Obama's Affordable Care Act promised that health care costs would go down, costs have actually risen for businesses.
Benishek said that he hopes to address these issues if he wins re-election in November.
"My goal is to create policies for businesses to flourish," he added. "It's all about jobs."
Benishek said one area business that has thrived despite the challenges listed above is Systems Control of Iron Mountain.
"Systems Control was able to find a niche and succeed," he said. "It's a bright spot for Dickinson County that will encourage young people to work here in the future."
Benishek visited Systems Control, which was celebrating its 50th anniversary, on Wednesday.
Besides visiting Systems Control, Benishek also stopped by the U.S. Postal Service's Processing and Distribution Center in Kingsford. The center, which had previously been slated for closure, will not be closed this year, Benishek confirmed.
Benishek encourages all of his constituents to check out where he stands on the issues and ask questions by going to his website at benishek.house.gov or calling (202) 225-4735.
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