reported a story about a new business on the corner of North and MLK. Originally it was to be a full service food store but the owner of the property Anup "Andy" Khullar has changed direction and it looks to become a Dollar Tree store.
This has caused a bit of an uproar as the food store would fill a great need in the area. What I find interesting is underlying story in this story.
Conservatives talk about a smaller government with less regulations and this story seems to be a thought provoking example of the issue.
Mr. Khullar was a granted a $325,000 low interest city loan when he informed officials that he would not be able to proceed with plans to turn the property into a full service food store. His reason - "He said the city and health department were causing him to spend too much money to have a grocery store."
If taken at his word it seems that City of Milwaukee regulations and red tape killed the project.
The kicker here is the reaction of Ald. Nik Kovac who had this to say concerning the business killing regulations "if he was experiencing too much red tape from the city, he could have asked for assistance."
So Ald. Kovac's solution is to step deeper into the cesspool of regulations to help yourself stand on solid ground. Someone's been a politician a bit too long.
It seems to me that a wiser reaction would be for the alderman to look at the business killing regulations on the books in Milwaukee. Businesses are created to earn money - not to pay taxes in all their forms to support the municipality they are located in.
Alderman, help turn the city around and start by stream lining the process to open and operate a business in this great city.