Not too many years ago, government regulation was right up there with taxes on the list of top gripes among entrepreneurs. Today, the concern has dropped to levels not seen since Reagan was President. Have things really improved? Is there less red tape as the millennium approaches? Perhaps not, says economist Bill Dunkelberg at the National Federation of Independent Business. The problem merely may have been pushed aside by a heavier concern about where small companies can find quality help in a tight labor market.

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