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  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    April 27, 2020
    New unemployment applications were down to 4.4 million last week. This is still more than an order of magnitude greater than the pre-coronavirus record. With roughly 26 million people now claiming benefits, the unemployment rate is likely now at Great Depression-era levels. Meanwhile, regulatory agencies issued new final regulations ranging light-duty vehicles to golden parakeets.
  • DEREGULATION IN AN EMERGENCY: The President’s Emergency Powers Include Not Just Imposing Regulations on Industry, but also Suspending Regulations

    April 23, 2020
    Across the country, governors have suspended harmful regulations on an emergency basis due to the COVID-19 crisis. The improvements that have resulted have got people asking if the regulations were ever really needed at all. If we are better off without these regulations, what others are also causing more problems than they solve?
  • Congress Has Already Introduced Bills to Reform #NeverNeeded Regulations

    April 23, 2020
    Policy makers have already waived more than 350 regulations and counting that were slowing the pandemic response and harming economic recovery. But with a 185,000-page Code of Federal Regulations, there is more to do. Fortunately, a number of bills have already been introduced in Congress that could help get rid of more #NeverNeeded regulations.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    April 20, 2020
    Please do all you can to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. Hopefully Congress will also act on some of the #NeverNeeded regulations that are hindering the pandemic response. Meanwhile, regulatory agencies issued new final regulations ranging from telehealth corrections to red crab specifications.
  • California’s #NeverNeeded AB5 Is Harming the Coronavirus Response

    April 16, 2020
    California’s AB5 law was already backfiring before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. It has cost thousands of jobs—many of which are home-based. During a time of social distancing, working from home helps keep people safe while allowing them to stay financially afloat.
  • VIDEO: Road Map to Reopening

    April 16, 2020
    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosted a fascinating video conference this week entitled “Big Picture: Road Map to Reopening,” with the Chamber’s Suzanne Clark and Dr. William Hanage, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Harvard’s Chan School of Public Health. The event offered some useful observations beyond “more research is needed.”
  • How to Spot a #NeverNeeded Regulation

    April 13, 2020
    Not every regulation on the books is directly harming the COVID-19 response. There are a lot of other regulations that need reform, but the #NeverNeeded set deserves urgent action. To help policy makers identify which regulations are the most pressing, the Competitive Enterprise Institute has prepared a guide.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    April 13, 2020
    When Congress convenes next week, it will likely begin work on a Phase 4 stimulus bill. CEI analysts have made the case that addressing #NeverNeeded regulations must be part of any such legislation. Meanwhile, the 2020 Federal Register surpassed 20,000 pages, and agencies issued new final regulations ranging from pecan reporting requirements to exempted bumpers.
  • How SEC Accounting Regulations Hindered National Stockpile—and Still May Be Doing So

    April 9, 2020
    In a new report, CEI experts outline #NeverNeeded regulations that are frustrating responses to the pandemic and its aftermath. Among those is an obscure Securities and Exchange Commission regulatory “guidance” document that may be hindering production and distribution of much-needed medical supplies.
  • Deregulation Is an Effective Pandemic Defense

    April 9, 2020
    In a new op-ed in RealClearMarkets, Iain Murray and Ryan Young outline the major points of CEI’s just-released #NeverNeeded paper, which identifies regulations harmful to the coronavirus response.

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