Small Business Matters: Along with a lot of other things, permitting is on the ballot

A construction worker checks on the roofing at a home being built in North Kona in this file photo. (Laura Ruminski/West Hawaii Today)

Readers of this column have seen me go on about the Hawaii Island building permit process on more than one occasion. Bottom line: it’s a problem. It’s a problem for contractors, it’s a problem for businesses looking to expand or start, and it’s a problem for homeowners.