The Street references Wayne Crews's study on the size of the federal regulatory state.
According to a report by the Competitive Enterprise Institute, Ten Thousand Commandments: An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State, businesses spent $1.17 trillion on federal regulatory compliance in 2008. That doesn't include the $49.1 billion the bureaucracy spent enforcing those regulations. It works out to $16,000 for a family of four.
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