• Our collective growth and prosperity depends on the growth and prosperity of small businesses. This year, Governor Patrick announced the initial results of a systematic review of state regulations and new steps to streamline regulations for small businesses . After reviewing 200 regulations that were each more than 12 years old, Governor Patrick has approved changes to nearly 150 regulations. In addition, the Governor launched a new effort to make sure that no new regulation is issued without serious consideration of its impact on small businesses. 

    In a video message to state employees responsible for writing, reviewing and issuing regulations, Governor Patrick encouraged state regulators to present their best ideas for regulatory reform and government innovation.