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OpenMarket: May 2017

  • Celebrate National Small Business Week

    May 2, 2017

    Small businesses are the engine of job creation in the United States. They create a majority of new jobs and employ nearly 50 percent of the workforce. This week, we celebrate their contributions to the economy and...
  • Democrats Kill Vape Amendment, Possibly Thousands of Americans

    May 1, 2017

    It is a dark day for science-based regulation and anyone who wants to see fewer Americans die from tobacco-related diseases. In the early hours of Monday morning, Congress finally compromised on a budget deal, averting a government shutdown through September....

  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    May 1, 2017

    The Federal Register passed the 20,000-page last week, largely thanks to Friday’s 624-page edition. While most of the week’s new final regulations are either routine or procedural, they still range from rural phone calls to airplane batteries.

    On to the data:

    • Last week, 50 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 43 the previous week.
    • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every three hours and 22 minutes.
    • Federal agencies have issued 938 final regulations in 2017. At that pace, there will be 2,895 new final regulations. Last year’s total was 3,853 regulations.
    • Last week, 1,399 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 760 pages the previous week.
    • The 2017 Federal Register totals 20,223 pages. It is on pace for 62,417 pages. The all-time record...


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