Making significant changes to regulations and the ways in which businesses can run their companies can have profound effects on those businesses. In some cases, new regulations could render certain business-related equipment unusable, which can take a heavy toll on business owners and their livelihood. As a result, some business owners may feel the need to fight back against proposed government guidelines at times.
Minnesota readers may be interested in such a situation currently taking place in another state. According to reports, a proposed regulation to help fight the effects of climate change would require certain commercial boats to have upgraded engines that would meet proposed standards for cleaner emissions. Commercial boat owners would have between 2023 and 2030 to make the upgrades.
Sportfishing company owners in particular have voiced their concerns over this proposal for the following reasons:
- Engine upgrades are not possible in boats made out of certain materials, such as fiberglass, which would mean owners would need to buy entirely new boats.
- Having to upgrade or purchase a new boat would result in an increase in sportfishing ticket sales to help cover the costs, which may negatively affect business.
- Sportfishing and whale watching business owners believe that their businesses will have to shut down because they could not afford steel boats that would accommodate the new engine to replace their fiberglass or wood vessels.
Government guidelines may have certain parties’ best interests in mind, but that does not mean that new regulations would be good for everyone. In fact, many business owners can suffer negative effects or possibly even go out of business because of new rules that affect their companies in a major way. If Minnesota business owners believe that proposed regulation changes could have serious repercussions on their businesses, they may wish to look into their legal options for combating possible changes.