Coding to Cut Red Tape for Startups in Santa Cruz

Crowds jam the main walkway at the Boardwalk amusement park in Santa Cruz, Calif. Photograph by Eric Risberg/AP Photo

American small businesses hate red tape. About one in five called regulations their biggest problem in the latest survey by the National Federation of Independent Business. While Washington business lobbyists often blame federal labor and environmental rules for stifling business, many Main Street companies find themselves jumping through regulatory hoops closer to home—in some basement office at City Hall, with a stack of forms trying to get a zoning permit.

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