In McLean County, some of the strictest licensing rules and regulations come from the McLean County Liquor Control Commission. On top of yearly fees business owners pay just to operate their businesses, applicants for liquor licenses have restrictions on when, where, and how they can sell alcohol.
In fact, the McLean County liquor laws are set up to be predatory. According to McLean County code, the commission is allowed to reject applicants based on subjective opinions. The code states, "A person who is not of good character and reputation in the community in which he resides," can be denied a license. This is profiling, and it's wrong. Government should not have subjective discretion to decide who can and cannot operate a business.
I will fight for an end to the McLean County Liquor Control Commission entirely, so the small businesses in our county have a chance to survive and flourish. If unable to gain support for ending the commission, I will advocate for less restrictions on the way these businesses operate.
Ending the endless stream of government licenses
Other businesses and private individuals also face the never-ending stream of government licensing in McLean County. Here is a list of some of the more outrageous licenses required to do everyday activities in McLean County.
Raffle licenses for businesses and organizations looking to give away a prize, even if that organization is a non-profit organization
Entertainment and Recreation licenses required for businesses
Special, expensive licensing required for massage parlors some spas.
The endless stream of licenses in McLean County needs to be eliminated. This type of government intervention not only limits the free will of individuals and businesses, but it also has a negative impact on our local business community. Fewer local regulations will encourage businesses to innovate and take risks to grow our local economy.
VOTE STEVE SUESS IN NOVEMBER 2018 FOR MCLEAN COUNTY BOARD #GIVEMCLEANAVOICE