The Fraser Institute of Canada just released a new book called Demographics and Entrepreneurship: Mitigating the Effects of an Aging P
How many deregulatory actions have been taken so far in the Trump administration? Along with 16 congressional “resolutions of disapproval” of existing Obama-era regulations—another 142.
Let’s look at it.
In tracking the Trump administration’s regulatory vs. deregulatory actions, there can be discrepancy between the official Unified Agenda compilation (the tally that’s been around since the early ’80s) and other White House status updates. Examining this difference with respect to the administration’s detailed December 2017 update on the “one-in, two-out” regulatory campaign will set the stage for a follow-up post covering deregulatory actions in the new Spring Unified Agenda.
It was a relatively slow week, with 44 proposed regulations and 62 final regulations, though the Supreme Court did rule the federal ban on sports gambling unconstitutional. New rules from the last week range from flying aliens to a cactus status.
Here at the Competitive Enterprise Institute we’re happy to see the attention being received by the 25th anniversary edition of Wayne Crews’ popular study of regulatory cost, “10,000 Commandments”. We’ve seen mentions in the news media and on Capitol Hill, we’ve compared it to the calculations compiled by other researchers, and put the large numbers involved into context with comparisons to consumer expenses and using illustrative graphics.
The big news from the last week was the release of the spring edition of the twice-yearly Unified Agenda, which lists all planned agency regulations currently in the pipeline. Wayne Crews offers his take here and here. The 2018 Federal Register also zoomed past the 20,000-page mark, adding more than 10 percent to its total page count last week. New rules range from menu labeling to sea turtle observers.
Today the Trump administration released the Spring 2018 edition of the twice-yearly Regulatory Plan and Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, accompanied by a conference call with a senior administration official.
The 25th anniversary edition of the Competitive Enterprise Institute’s regulatory reform study “10,000 Commandments” has received a warm welcome since it was released late last month. Study author Wayne Crews and Adjunct Analyst Ryan Young collaborated on an op-ed for USA Today, in which they emphasized the need for congressional action to bolster existing executive branch efforts.
It is now May, and still only one economically significant regulation (costing $100 million or more per year) has been issued this year. With the 2018 Federal Register poised to break the 20,000-page mark as soon as Monday, new finalized rules from the last week range from naming crabmeat to air taxis.