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  • CEI's Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

    May 26, 2015 6:40 AM

    The big regulatory news from last week was the publication of the semiannual Unified Agenda, which lists most upcoming regulations from rulemaking agencies at various stages of the regulatory process. It is one of the most important transparency tools we have for keeping an eye on new regulations, which may explain why it was published just as people are getting ready for the long Memorial Day weekend, and why the user interface is surprisingly difficult to use for such a simple document. Take a look at the Unified Agenda here, and you’ll see what I mean.

    On to the data:

    • Last week, 49 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 46 the previous week.
    • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every three hours and 26 minutes.
    • So far in 2015, 1,166 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 2,944 new regulations this year, which would be several hundred fewer rules than the usual total of 3,500-plus.
    • Last week, 1,780 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,333 pages the previous week.
    • Currently at 29,819 pages, the 2015 Federal Register is on pace for 75,301 pages.
    • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Nine such rules have been published so far this year, one in the past week.
    • The total estimated compliance cost of 2015’s economically significant regulations ranges from $1.36 billion to $1.44 billion for the current year.
    • Ninety-eight final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
    • So far in 2015, 203 new rules affect small businesses; 31 of them are classified as significant. 

    Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

  • CEI's Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

    May 18, 2015 10:48 AM

    It was a slow week despite more than 1,300 Federal Register pages, with just 36 proposed regulations and fewer than 50 final regulations, ranging from spearmint oil to flying over Baghdad.

    On to the data:

    • Last week, 46 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 65 the previous week.
    • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every three hours and 39 minutes.
    • So far in 2015, 1,111 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 2,955 new regulations this year, which would be several hundred fewer rules than the usual total of 3,500-plus.
    • Last week, 1,333 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,609 pages the previous week.
    • Currently at 28,039 pages, the 2015 Federal Register is on pace for 74,572 pages.
    • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Eight such rules have been published so far this year, none in the past week.
    • The total estimated compliance cost of 2015’s economically significant regulations ranges from $917 million to $970 million for the current year.
    • 92 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
    • So far in 2015, 196 new rules affect small businesses; 30 of them are classified as significant. 
  • Ten Thousand Commandments 2015: A Fact Sheet

    May 12, 2015 12:42 PM

    Ten Thousand Commandments is the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s annual survey of the size, scope and cost of federal regulations, and how they affect American consumers, businesses, and the U.S. economy. Authored by CEI Vice President for Policy Clyde Wayne Crews, Jr., it shines a light on the large, growing “hidden tax” of America’s regulatory state.

    The scope of federal government spending, deficits and the national debt is staggering, but so is the impact of federal regulations, which now exceeds half the amount the federal government spends annually. Unfortunately, regulations get too little attention in policy debates because, unlike taxes, they are unbudgeted. They are also difficult to quantify because their effects are often indirect. In Ten Thousand Commandments, Crews compiles available data on regulatory costs and trends. By making the size, extent and cost of Washington’s rules and mandates more comprehensible, Crews underscores the need for more review, transparency and accountability—for both new and existing federal regulations.

    Highlights of the 2015 edition include:

  • CEI's Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

    May 11, 2015 12:04 PM

    Last week’s raft of new rules covers everything from school lunch workers to Flugzeugbau gliders.

    On to the data:

    • Last week, 65 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, the same number as the previous week.
    • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 35 minutes.
    • So far in 2015, 1,065 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 2,992 new regulations this year, which would be several hundred fewer rules than the usual total of 3,500-plus.
    • Last week, 1,609 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,975 pages the previous week.
    • Currently at 26,706 pages, the 2015 Federal Register is on pace for 74,694 pages.
    • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Eight such rules have been published so far this year, one in the past week.
    • The total estimated compliance cost of 2015’s economically significant regulations ranges from $917 million to $970 million for the current year.
    • Ninety final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
    • So far in 2015, 189 new rules affect small businesses; 30 of them are classified as significant. 
  • CEI's Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

    May 4, 2015 11:48 AM

    The 1,000th new regulation of 2015 was published in Friday’s Federal Register, which itself hit the 25,000-page mark on the year. Even so, agencies are still well behind their usual rulemaking pace, on pace for slightly less than 3,000 regulations, compared to the usual pace of more than 3,500 rules.

    On to the data:

    • Last week, 65 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 79 new regulations the previous week.
    • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 35 minutes.
    • So far in 2015, precisely 1,000 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 2,976 new regulations this year, which would be several hundred fewer rules than the usual total.
    • Last week, 1,975 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,589 pages the previous week.
    • Currently at 25,097 pages, the 2015 Federal Register is on pace for 74,694 pages.
    • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Seven such rules have been published so far this year, one in the past week.
    • The total estimated compliance cost of 2015’s economically significant regulations ranges from $793 million to $846 million for the current year.
    • 81 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
    • So far in 2015, 183 new rules affect small businesses; 28 of them are classified as significant. 
  • CEI's Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

    April 27, 2015 11:32 AM

    The big news in regulation for the week came from Canada, which made official its one-in, one-out policy for new regulations. New regulations from agencies must be offset by repealing an existing regulation of similar cost. In the United States, new rules hit the books covering everything from crash test dummies to beekeepers.

    On to the data:

    • Last week, 77 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 57 new regulations the previous week.
    • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 11 minutes.
    • So far in 2015, 927 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 2,934 new regulations this year, which would be several hundred fewer rules than the usual total.
    • Last week, 1,589 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 2,127 pages the previous week.
    • Currently at 23,122 pages, the 2015 Federal Register is on pace for 73,171 pages.
    • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Six such rules have been published so far this year, none in the past week.
    • The total estimated compliance cost of 2015’s economically significant regulations ranges from $693 million to $746 million for the current year.
    • Seventy-three final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
    • So far in 2015, 159 new rules affect small businesses; 25 of them are classified as significant. 
  • Balanced Budgets and Regulatory Budgets

    April 22, 2015 1:05 PM

    The Joint House-Senate Conference Meeting on the federal budget has begun. Chairman Tom Price of Georgia remarked:

    Completing a budget is one of Congress’ core legislative responsibilities. It helps ensure we are embracing our Constitutional power of the purse and legislating in an orderly manner....we must remember that a budget is more than just a set of numbers. It is a reflection of our priorities and vision for how we can achieve real results and move our country in the direction of greater opportunity, economic growth and a safer and more secure nation – one where Americans have the best chance of achieving their dreams for the future. 

    The basic plan purports to just barely balance the budget within 10 years. We’ll have a $6 trillion annual fiscal budget under Obama in 2025—but it’ll be at least $5 trillion under Republicans. Under Obama’s plan, we’re going to spend $49.3 trillion between 2016 and 2025; Republicans, $43.1 trillion. 

    The initial Republican plan released in February promised to get rid of Obamacare. However, Republicans are running away from that despite pre-election promises and can be counted on this summer to advance legislation embracing fundamental premises of Obamacare (even keeping “kids” on the parents’ policy until age 26 by force. Take a look at Los Angeles Times: “Obamacare Repeal Falls Off Republicans's To-Do List as Law Takes Hold.”)

    This issue alone assures no balanced budget in 10 years, as does the inevitable one-upsmanship among Republicans to spend more on defense.

    For future entrepreneurial progressives, the summer 2015 cave-in on Obamacare will remove key barriers to single-payer for some future Congress when the mixed approach fails. If Republicans are choosing government controls, then they are choosing government controls.

  • CEI's Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

    April 6, 2015 6:42 AM

    It was a fairly typical week, with nearly 70 final regulations and more than 50 proposed regulations hitting the books, covering everything from potato handling to flying fuel cells. The big story to keep an eye out for is the preliminary version of the FCC’s net neutrality regulations, which should be appearing shortly. See here for CEI research on net neutrality.

    On to the data:

    • Last week, 68 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 58 new regulations the previous week.
    • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 28 minutes.
    • So far in 2015, 742 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 2,898 new regulations this year, which would be several hundred fewer rules than the usual total.
    • Last week, 1,755 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,398 pages the previous week.
    • Currently at 18,286 pages, the 2015 Federal Register is on pace for 71,430 pages.
    • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Six such rules have been published so far this year, none in the past week.
    • The total estimated compliance cost of 2015’s economically significant regulations ranges from $693 million to $746 million for the current year.
    • Sixty-six final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
    • So far in 2015, 146 new rules affect small businesses; 25 of them are classified as significant. 
  • CEI's Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

    March 30, 2015 12:10 PM

    Along with last wwek’s usual slew of final regulations covering everything from power plants to televisions, an additional 55 proposed regulations also hit the books.

    On to the data:

    • Last week, 58 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 68 new regulations the previous week.
    • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 54 minutes.
    • So far in 2015, 674 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 2,856 new regulations this year, which would be nearly 1,000 fewer rules than the usual total.
    • Last week, 1,398 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,157 pages the previous week.
    • Currently at 16,531 pages, the 2015 Federal Register is on pace for 70,047 pages.
    • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Six such rules have been published so far this year, one in the past week.
    • The total estimated compliance cost of 2015’s economically significant regulations ranges from $693 million to $746 million for the current year.
    • Sixty-two final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
    • So far in 2015, 137 new rules affect small businesses; 23 of them are classified as significant. 
  • CEI's Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

    March 23, 2015 7:15 AM

    New rules published in the last week include everything from the IRS and Executive Office of the President declaring themselves exempt from select transparency laws, to requirements for observing sea turtles.

    On to the data:

    • Last week, 68 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 60 new regulations the previous week.
    • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 28 minutes.
    • So far in 2015, 616 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 2,852 new regulations this year, which would be nearly 1,000 fewer rules than the usual total.
    • Last week, 1,157 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,242 pages the previous week.
    • Currently at 15,133 pages, the 2015 Federal Register is on pace for 70,061 pages.
    • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. Six such rules have been published so far this year, one in the past week.
    • The total estimated compliance cost of 2015’s economically significant regulations ranges from $693 million to $746 million for the current year.
    • Fifty-nine final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
    • So far in 2015, 127 new rules affect small businesses; 21 of them are classified as significant. 

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