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  • How to Spot a #NeverNeeded Regulation

    July 21, 2020
    Regulatory reform is one of the most important weapons there is for fighting COVID-19 and for aiding the economic recovery after the worst passes. Where should policy makers start? This handy infographic shows policy makers and regulators what to look for. If a rule meets one or more of these guidelines, it is probably a #NeverNeeded regulation.
  • Trump Administration Celebrates Red Tape Reduction, Promising More

    July 20, 2020
    The White House hosted a midsummer celebration on the South Lawn of the Trump administration’s reforms and reductions of unneeded “job killing regulations” and red tape.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    July 20, 2020
    After another busy week for agencies, the 2020 Federal Register is on pace to be 79,121 pages. None of those pages include the Spring 2020 Unified Agenda, which was supposed to have been published in April. Even so, this year’s Federal Register would be more than a 10 percent increase over last year. Regulatory agencies issued new regulations ranging from the NEPA to beryllium work areas.
  • How to Make #NeverNeeded-Style Reforms Stick

    July 16, 2020
    There are lots of good regulatory reform ideas out there. The ideas with the most staying power share a common theme. They don’t just treat this or that rule. They treat the larger rulemaking system that keeps churning out those harmful rules. With a tough economic recovery ahead once masks, prudence, and treatments defeat COVID-19, now is a good time to implement them.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    July 13, 2020
    New COVID cases continued to rise, and the Supreme Court handed down a number of controversial decisions to end its term. Regulatory agencies issued new regulations ranging from web coatings to sling carriers.
  • New #NeverNeeded Paper: Regulatory Reform

    July 9, 2020
    Regulatory reform is one of the most important policy responses to the COVID-19 crisis. Removing obstacles to health care can save lives. Removing barriers against remote education, telecommuting, and gig jobs can help people make ends meet. But getting rid of this or that #NeverNeeded regulation is not enough. Policy makers need to reform the rulemaking process that continues to generate bad rules.
  • The E.O. 13891 Guidance Document Portal: An Exercise in Utility

    July 7, 2020
    Federal agencies have been required by Executive Order 13891 to create “a single, searchable, indexed database that contains or links to all guidance documents in effect.” Agencies were given until June 27, 2020 to comply. Not all were ready and some got a waiver. So for the time being, CEI's Wayne Crews made the substitute compilation presented here.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    July 6, 2020
    The USMCA trade agreement came into effect on July 1, and three states increased their minimum wages. The unemployment rate went down to 11.1 percent. The federal government also took Friday off, though that didn’t stop the 2020 Federal Register from topping 40,000 pages on Thursday. Meanwhile, regulatory agencies issued new regulations ranging from cellulose products to Texas onion tax cuts.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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