Regulations burdening entrepreneurs even more than taxes

by Ryan Streeter on July 3, 2014. Follow Ryan on Twitter.

The new Thumbtack-Kauffman survey of small businesses is out, and once again it finds that regulatory burdens are a huge inhibitor to growth. Even more than taxes.

It’s important to remember this is a survey, so the results are based on impressions of business owners rather than an objective measure. But since perception¬†matters a lot in business attraction and retention, this matters. When Thumbtack combines all the factors from ease of starting a business to taxes to regulations to licensing and so on, here’s how America looks overall (dark orange is best, dark blue worst):

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And since small businesses cite regulations as the chief barrier to growth, here is how America looks when rated by regulations alone:

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