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  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    January 21, 2019
    Last week, people got worked up over hamburgers and a television commercial about razors. Meanwhile the partial federal shutdown continued, and a bill to introduce a $15 federal minimum wage was introduced. Tuesday’s one-page Federal Register may have set a record for brevity, with just one agency notice and no new regulations. Regulations that did appear during the week range from Chinese archaeology to Rolls-Royce engines.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    January 14, 2019
    On Saturday the partial government shutdown became the longest ever. The news cycle was wall-to-wall wall and shutdown coverage, though Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) introduced a misguided bill to expand presidential tariff-making authority. The week’s 69-page Federal Register contained just one final regulation, 26 agency notices, and 2 presidential documents. For context, a typical day consists of a dozen or so new regulations and about 270 pages. The lone new regulation from last week concerns Alaskan fishing.
  • Agenda for the 116th Congress: Regulatory Reform

    January 10, 2019
    The first chapter in the new Competitive Enterprise Institute agenda for Congress, “Free to Prosper,” is on regulatory reform. Most of the Agenda is about reforming specific regulations. It is also important to focus on the rulemaking process itself—a better game needs better rules. For Congress, that means restoring a separation of powers. For several decades now, the executive branch has been growing too powerful.
  • A Free-Market Agenda for the 116th Congress

    January 8, 2019
    After a contentious election season, we look forward to the nation’s elected representatives rolling up their sleeves and getting to work. Divided party control in the 116th Congress will mean that negotiation and compromise will be the order of the day. As previous sessions of divided government have taught us, however, valuable reform is still possible under these conditions.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    January 7, 2019
    Right now is a weird time for regulation. The shutdown has lasted for several business days, and the Federal Register has slowed to a trickle. Wednesday and Thursday’s edition, for example, contained a combined zero proposed regulations and zero final regulations. Thursday’s edition was one page long, consisting solely of two notices, which might be a record.New rules last week, such as they were, range from Alaskan airspace to California safety zones.
  • The 2019 Unconstitutionality Index

    December 31, 2018
    Even in an administration attempting to cut regulation, the number of rules from hundreds of federal agencies (nobody really knows exactly how many) will vastly outstrip the number of laws that Congress passes.
  • Trump's 2018 Deregulatory Effort: 3,367 Rules, 68,082 Pages

    December 31, 2018
    At year-end 2018, how is President Donald Trump’s regulatory reform project going?
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    December 31, 2018
    The shutdown continued all through Christmas week. But because the Federal Register works on a few days lag for many of its publications, it still had plenty of activity. It will also continue daily publication throughout the shutdown. But if the shutdown lasts much longer, the Register will likely go into a near hibernation, with daily page and rule counts possibly going into single digits.
  • VIDEO: What Qualifies as a 'Water' of the United States?

    December 28, 2018
    Our friends at the Regulatory Transparency Project have created a great new video to help explain the legal impact of the Clean Water Act and the subsequent Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulations. 
  • An Executive Order to Shine Light on Dark Matter

    December 27, 2018
    Over at The Hill, Wayne Crews and I make the case for an executive order that would limit executive power. It’s more plausible than it sounds.

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