FARGO – Rep. Rick Berg is embarking on a two-day tour later this week to address the impact of federal regulations on job creation and business development in North Dakota.
The Republican has scheduled a series of meetings with farmers, ranchers and small-business owners in Bismarck, Mandan and Fargo to discuss “the damaging effects that overbearing government regulations can have on our small businesses.”
“Washington’s one-size-fits-all regulations add unnecessary costs and make it harder for North Dakotans to do business,” Berg said in a statement. “I hope that this tour will help to bring awareness to the regulatory challenges facing North Dakotans.”
Berg said he wants to “continue to rein in unnecessary regulations that burden our small businesses and hinder job creation.” He is a member of the House Ways & Means Committee, which often deals with regulatory issues.
Here are Berg’s current plans for his “Regulations Tour”:
THURSDAY – Bismarck/Mandan
- 8:30 a.m. – Red Door Homes, 3100 N. 14th St., Suite 1, in Bismarck.
Berg will meet with Red Door Homes owner Art Goldammer to discuss the impact of EPA regulations on home construction.
- 9:15 a.m. – Hedahl’s Auto Plus, 100 E. Broadway Ave., in Bismarck.
Berg will talk with President/CEO Dick Hedahl to discuss the impact of healthcare regulations on small business.
- 10 a.m. – Basin Electric Power Cooperative, 1717 E. Interstate Ave., in Bismarck.
Berg will join CEO Ron Harper and Senior Vice President Mike Eggl to discuss federal regulations on regional haze.
- 1:30 p.m. – Best Western Seven Seas Hotel, 2611 Old Red Trail NW, in Mandan.
Berg will talk about financial regulation with Shannon Gangl, the hotel’s owner and CEO. At around 2:15 p.m., Berg will also be joined by Steve Koester, a rancher from Steele, N.D., to discuss federal regulations that impact agriculture.
FRIDAY – Fargo
- 8 a.m. – Berg’s district office, 3170 43rd St. S., Suite 105, in Fargo.
Berg will meet with North Dakota Corn Council Chairman Kevin Skunes to discuss the impact of EPA regulations on agriculture.
- 9 a.m. – Dabbert Custom Home, 5522 36th St. S., in Fargo
Berg will talk with business owner Don Dabbert about how EPA regulations affect the construction business.
- 12:30 p.m. – Valley Express Trucking, 3911 37th Ave. SW, in Fargo
Berg will join trucking executives, President Merle Jegtvig, Vice President Roger Nelson, and Senior Vice President Mike Estenson, to discuss transportation regulations.
- 1:30 p.m. – Cass County Electric Cooperative, 3312 42nd St. S., Suite 200, in Fargo.
Berg will meet with Vice President Marshal Albright to discuss rules relating to regional haze management. He will also be joined by Fargo Public Schools Superintendent Rick Buresh and Maitenance and Operations Director Jim Frueh to discuss national emissions standards for hazardous air pollutants.