Bill Bryant says he'll seek moratorium on business regulations

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Bryant says that if elected, he'll seek a moratorium on all new business regulations until completion of a review process justifying existing ones.

In a speech Tuesday at a policy summit of the Association of Washington Business in Cle Elum, Bryant said that he would require agencies to define objectives and success of current regulations and to determine whether they are still working or necessary.

He also told the group that he would work to develop a small business tax relief package for the 2019 legislative session. Additionally, Bryant said that he would seek to work with the Legislature next year on a minimum wage increase that would vary by region.

Bryant is challenging incumbent Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee in November.