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Posted: Monday, July 15, 2013 7:30 am

No one likes playing in a game where the rules are constantly changing. The coach can't effectively plan if a play is allowed in the first quarter, then penalized in the fourth. It's the same way in business. Companies need to have a clear picture of what's allowed. Otherwise they're stuck in a holding pattern, unable or unwilling to hire, because they don't know what changes they might have to make to meet new regulations from year to year.

“Give me the rules, interpret them the same every year and we'll be ok.” That was how Bill Saxman, owner of Shenandoah Spring Water, answered Virginia Attorney General and candidate for governor Ken Cuccinelli when asked how the state and federal government could help his business. There was no request for incentives, no demand for tax cuts. All Saxman asked for was consistency, to help him plan. He told Cuccinelli that if six different inspectors came to his company in six straight years, they would each give different interpretations of the regulations and how to follow them. Those differing opinions cost the company money, as each time he has to bring things into compliance.

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