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OpenMarket: June 2020

  • Infrastructure Bill’s Non-Serious Nature Is a Serious Problem

    June 30, 2020
    America’s current surface transportation authorization, the FAST Act, expires at the end of September. Rather than reauthorizing it, however, House Democrats have introduced the INVEST in America Act (H.R. 2). While this bill stands no chance of becoming law, it exemplifies several problems with the current approach to lawmaking from the House.
  • Trump’s Regulatory Reform Agenda by the Numbers, Summer 2020 Update

    June 30, 2020
    The administration released the Spring 2020 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. Its purpose is to lay out regulatory priorities of the federal bureaucracy and report on recently completed actions.Under Executive Order 13771, the administration directed agencies to eliminate at least two regulations for every significant one added, and keep net new costs at zero.
  • George Washington’s Fight (and Ours) against Regulation without Representation

    June 29, 2020
    Those who have followed CEI over the years know that one of our main grievances is “Regulation Without Representation.” The phrase—an apt description of laws effectively made by unelected regulatory agencies instead of the people’s representatives in Congress—also connotes the battle that George Washington and other American patriots fought against taxation without representation.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    June 29, 2020
    Consumer spending rose 8.2 percent in May, a new record that gives hope for a quicker economic recovery. On the other hand, new coronavirus cases in the last week set their own record. Meanwhile, regulatory agencies issued new regulations ranging from dry pea insurance to hammerhead shark management.
  • Axios Spins IEA CO2 Report

    June 26, 2020
    Axios Generate on June 26 concludes its first article with a “bonus chart” from the International Energy Agency’s recent report, Global CO2 emissions in 2019. According to Axios, the chart shows that “Europe leads the world in emissions decline.” Not so fast. The European Union contains 27 countries. Which country leads the world in reducing emissions? The United States is undisputed champion.
  • Tax Breaks for Wind and Solar—Bad Energy Policy, Bad Post-Coronavirus Recovery Policy

    June 26, 2020
    The House of Representatives’ $1.5 trillion dollar infrastructure package is being sold to the public as a post-coronavirus job creation bill. It now includes the sweeping renewable energy subsidies, including measures extending the investment tax credits for wind and solar energy. This is both bad energy policy and bad jobs policy.
  • Podcast: Reforming #NeverNeeded Regulations

    June 26, 2020
    The John Locke Foundation has released a Rebound Plan for North Carolina, where it is based—the basketball reference is a nice touch. It contains reform ideas for a variety of issues including health care, education, and of course, regulation. Many of the ideas can be applied in other states and at the federal level. It pairs well with CEI’s new 2020 edition of Ten Thousand Commandments.
  • Why George Washington Shouldn’t Be Canceled

    June 26, 2020
    The father of our country is making news, but for disappointing reasons. Washington was trending on Twitter after his statue was toppled in Portland. A private school in Nashville dropped its annual celebration of Washington's birthday, saying it was “not consistent with or relevant to the way that we teach history today.” If anything, current events only serve to make him more relevant than ever.
  • Will Senator Udall Accept the Blame for Methylene Chloride Deaths?

    June 26, 2020
    ​​​​​​​Hearings for Nancy Beck’s nomination to chair the Consumer Product Safety Commission took place last week at which several Senate Democrats launched outrageous and unfair attacks. Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) hit a new low when he basically accused Beck of murder because he asserted that the EPA did not move swiftly enough to ban paint strippers containing methylene chloride.
  • A Cellular Network or a Jobs Program? Sprint/T-Mobile Critics Launch Misguided Attacks

    June 26, 2020
    The recently-approved Sprint/T-Mobile merger is already coming under fire after layoffs were announced. But even the harshest critics begrudgingly acknowledge that the jobs being eliminated are no longer necessary because of the efficiencies gained by the merger. The focus on jobs alone as a measure of policy efficacy neglects how economically sustainable jobs are created in the first place.

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