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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 22, 2020
Trade protectionists have taken to calling free traders soft on China. According to John Bolton’s forthcoming book, it turns out to be the other way around. This analyst’s warnings about trade barriers being tools for corruption have turned out to be correct. Meanwhile, regulatory agencies issued new regulations ranging from anabolic steroids to single-use chambers.
June 18, 2020
Pierre Lemieux, in Regulation magazine, draws from the new 2020 edition of Ten Thousand Commandments to estimate the Trump administration's net impact on regulation. Trump’s first three years are mixed. He deregulated in some areas and added rules in others.
June 17, 2020
Government agencies’ initial responses to the COVID-19 crisis were notable for one particular characteristic: incompetence. From basic errors in data collection, through failed lab safety precautions, to contradictory messaging about the effectiveness of masks, the record of agencies like the CDC and FDA has been distinctly subpar. Americans are entitled to ask why.