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  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    December 10, 2018
    Former President George H.W. Bush was laid to rest, and no Federal Register was published on Wednesday. President Trump created a new superhero, Tariff Man, but his G20 meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping did little to allay uncertainty surrounding said tariffs. Meanwhile, regulatory agencies issued new regulations ranging from pear taxes to vehicle interchanges.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    December 3, 2018
    In the news, The new NAFTA was signed (but still needs legislative approval in all three countries), General Motors announced major layoffs and plant closures, and Supreme Court justices Sotomayor and Gorsuch shared a bipartisan laugh at a government attorney’s defense of civil asset forfeiture. Meanwhile, the number of new regulations this year surpassed 3,000, with the newest rules ranging from newsletters to geomagnetic disturbances.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    November 26, 2018
    It was another short work week due to Thanksgiving, while Black Friday’s ritual tramplings put a damper on that day’s productivity. Last week agencies published more than 2,000 Federal Register pages, pushing this year’s total over 60,000. The number of this year’s new regulations will likely surpass 3,000 next week. New regulations from the last week range from passenger trains to Zodiac seats.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    November 19, 2018
    It was a short work week due to Veterans Day, as most Americans took time to reflect on the centenary of the World War I armistice. Meanwhile, agencies issued new regulations ranging from RVs to commercial hogfish fishing.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    November 13, 2018
    The midterm elections finally happened. The good news is no more political ads for a while; the bad news is that a bunch of politicians won election or reelection.
  • What Do the Midterms Mean for Regulatory Reform?

    November 7, 2018

    A divided Congress probably means the status quo will reign on regulation. This is a mixed bag from a free-market perspective. President Trump made some positive reforms upon taking office, but they were via executive order, and can be easily overturned by a future president—Congress needs to pass legislation to give reforms any staying power. Barring a lame duck miracle, that won’t happen now. Republicans blew a rare opportunity.

  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    November 5, 2018

    Regulators were relatively quiet during the week before the midterm election, though CEI wasn’t, with our colleague Ted Frank arguing a case before the Supreme Court on class action legal abuses. New regulations from the last week range from farm mortgages to military acquisition mentors.

  • RegData Tracks Extent of Federal and State Regulation

    November 2, 2018

    This week our old friend Chad Reese of the Mercatus Center at George Mason University hosts a new podcast about Mercatus’ RegData project, and highlights the impressive award nomination it recently received.

  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    October 29, 2018

    Lots of contentious issues are in the news, from the midterm election to immigration to a disturbing rash of bombs sent to politicians and media outlets critical of the president. The initial third quarter GDP estimate showed healthy 3.5 percent growth, but factors from Federal Reserve independence to government-managed trade threaten future growth. Meanwhile, agencies issued new regulations last week ranging from non-metallic panels to soybean boards.

  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    October 22, 2018

    The fall 2018 edition of the semi-annual Unified Agenda was released on Wednesday. It lists upcoming regulations from every rulemaking agency. This marks the first time since 2005 that document has been released on time; Wayne Crews has more here. Meanwhile, agencies issued new regulations ranging from orange containers to teacher technology.

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