New rule would hurt small businesses

I can’t decide whether the Obama administration doesn’t get small business or whether it doesn’t care.

Time and again, it’s put forth policies that put small, family-run firms in a corner, from new taxes and excessive regulations to health-care “reforms” that actually punish employers who want to help workers buy coverage.

The latest example, though, seems like an especially cynical move aimed more at scoring a few easy political points than solving an actual problem. It’s the proposed Persuader Advice Exemption Rule, and it would make small businesses disclose communications with outside counsel when it comes to labor relations.

Put simply, it’s more pro-union, anti-business baloney.

Luckily, we have a state attorney general who’s going to fight it every step of the way.

Scott Pruitt is part of a coalition of 13 attorneys general opposing the proposed rule. The group recently sent a letter the U.S. Office of Management and Budget saying the rule would undermine long-standing protections for confidential attorney-client communications and place an unfair burden on small businesses by singling them out.

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