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  • Trump Regulatory Reform Agenda By the Numbers: End of One-In, Two-Out?

    November 20, 2019
    The Trump administration has released the Fall 2019 edition of the twice-yearly Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions. Late and incomplete compared to the last year’s fall edition, there’s more analysis to come. Around since the early 1980s, the blockbuster Unified Agenda updates an excited world about regulatory priorities of the federal bureaucracy.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    November 18, 2019
    The 2019 Federal Register has already exceeded its page count during President Trump’s first year in office, with more than a month to spare and almost no activity in the month of January due to the federal shutdown. This week, Congress will likely avoid another shutdown by passing another Continuing Resolution to fund the government through an as-yet undetermined date.
  • Ex-Im Reauthorization Vote Today in the House

    November 15, 2019
    The House of Representatives will vote on reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank today. Even if Ex-Im is reauthorized, the fight over it has already yielded a significant nearly five-year-long victory, in savings to taxpayers, with greater chances for victory in the future.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations   

    November 11, 2019
    The number of new regulations this year passed 2,500 last week, and the Federal Register surpassed 60,000 pages. This week could see big news on everything from a possible trade deal with China to impeachment testimony. Meanwhile, rulemaking agencies published new regulations ranging from handling Florida tomatoes to rural telephone banks.
  • VIDEO: Growth and Opportunity in the Beehive State

    November 8, 2019
    I’ve been interested in the work at the Center for Growth and Opportunity (CGO) at Utah State University for some time now, and I was very impressed with what I experienced at a fascinating one-day conference they recently co-hosted on emerging issues in technology policy. The details of that discussion were off the record, but I can say that their smart, practical, and non-partisan take was a refreshing treat.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations   

    November 4, 2019
    Washington had one of its best weeks in recent memory. The Nationals won the World Series, and Congress is taking the next two weeks off. Meanwhile, rulemaking agencies published new regulations ranging from the new Domestic Hemp Production Program to snack font size.
  • The Unmeasured Costs of Federal Agency Liberation from Congress, Self-Funding, and Permanence

    October 30, 2019
    In considering the overall costs of regulation, little attention is given to the intractability of the administrative state itself. Congress shows little appetite for restraining agencies and, unfortunately, once established, Republicans may be more prone to seek to run the agencies than to eliminate them.
  • Spooky Halloween Regulations

    October 29, 2019
    Halloween is this week. That means costumes, spooky decorations, trick-or-treating, and pumpkin spice everything. The Code of Federal Regulations contains several rules to keep everything safe and tidy.
  • This Week in Ridiculous Regulations

    October 28, 2019
    The Washington Nationals made it to the World Series, and the White House canceled some of its newspaper subscriptions. Meanwhile, rulemaking agencies published new regulations ranging from eligible billfish to re-exporting goods to Cuba.
  • Deep State Guide to Resisting Trump's Executive Orders on Guidance Document Abuse

    October 23, 2019
    Competitive Enterprise Institute founder and “despairing optimist” Fred L. Smith, Jr. lamented to me once: “It’s so hard to centrally plan deregulation!”


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