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  • 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.
  • Agenda for the 116th Congress: The Second Decade of Crypto-Blockchain

    January 9, 2019
    As cryptocurrency and the associated blockchain celebrate their tenth birthdays, CEI’s new “Free to Prosper” agenda for the 116th Congress aims to ensure bureaucratic red tape doesn’t stunt their growth.
  • Introducing a Free-Market Agenda for Accountability and Prosperity

    January 9, 2019
    The governance of American life has been handed over to an operating system that subtly and perversely drives individuals’ behavior away from their own decisions. Unaccountable regulatory agencies dominate how we live, work, play, build, travel, prepare food, and heal one another.
  • The Legacy of Economist Harold Demsetz (1930-2019)

    January 8, 2019
    Economist Harold Demsetz, a Chicago school theorist who was one of the pioneers of the approach now called New Institutional Economics, had died. The former University of Chicago and UCLA professor was 88 years old. See comments from Competitive Enterprise Institute staff below.
  • Environmental Protection Agency Proposes Changes to Mercury Air Rule

    January 8, 2019
    On December 28th, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to rescind the Obama EPA’s justification for its 2012 Mercury Air Toxics Standards (MATS) rule. MATS established first-ever maximum achievable control technology (MACT) standards for mercury and other hazardous air pollutant (HAP) emissions from coal- and oil-fueled power plants. MATS is among the most expensive regulations in the history of the Clean Air Act.
  • 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.
  • Iconic NYC Bookstore Owner Pleads: Don't Landmark My Property

    January 4, 2019
    Our friends at Reason have been following a fascinating story unfolding in New York City, in which a business owner is trying to fend off what many people would consider to be a high honor: the designation of her building as a historic landmark.
  • Year in Review 2018: Consumer Financial Protection

    January 4, 2019
    2018 was a big year for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (also known, for a while, as the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection). The past year marked the first time that the Bureau changed political hands, from the former Democratic Director Richard Cordray, to Republican acting Director Mick Mulvaney, and now to the new permanent Director, Kathleen Kraninger.
  • End of the Road for Net Neutrality Comeback Attempt

    January 4, 2019
    The end of the 115th Congress meant the end of using the Congressional Review Act to void the Federal Communication Commission’s repeal of Obama-era net neutrality regulation. Sadly, advocates of more government control over the Internet will almost surely try to pass new net neutrality legislation in the new Congress. And just as the old regulations were bad for innovation, news ones legislators may dream up in 2019 will likely be a detriment to consumers if enacted.

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