Posts Tagged ‘ regulation ’

Latest regs show “consumer protection” can justify pretty much anything

October 12, 2016
posted by

Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Brittany Hunter  

"The government thrives on regulation, and when new and burgeoning markets find themselves operating in unregulated territories, it doesn't take long for the state to intervene." (10/12/16)

https://mises.org/blog/latest-regs-show-consumer-protection-can-justify-pretty-much-anything  

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How Big Pharma’s shadow regulation censors the Internet

October 6, 2016
posted by

Electronic Frontier Foundation Electronic Frontier Foundation
by Jeremy Malcolm  

"A hallmark of Shadow Regulation is that government is also often quietly involved behind the scenes, and so it is here. The formation of the [Center for Safe Internet Pharmacies] was announced at a White House-hosted industry event on October 14, 2010, following months of talks between the administration and the CSIP's founding industry members. Similarly, LegitScript is led by the former Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and subsists on lucrative contracts from government as well as from private industry. With this framework in place, the 'voluntary' adoption by Internet intermediaries of measures that primarily benefit the pharmaceutical industry suddenly becomes very easily explicable." (10/06/16)

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/09/how-big-pharmas-shadow-regulation-censors-internet  

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How the next president can use executive power to jumpstart economic growth on day one, part 1

August 21, 2016
posted by

Clyde Wayne Crews Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Clyde Wayne Crews  

"After what will have been eight years of debate over executive overreach and Barack Obama's 'pen and phone,' and it will be time for 'liberty's meataxe' when it comes to government programs. Regulatory liberalization, when it ever happened, has been bipartisan and popular. There was transportation and financial liberalization in the late 70s and 80s, and unfunded mandate relief in the 1990s. In the current presidential race, both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump proposed regulatory relief in their August national economic addresses." (08/18/16)

https://cei.org/content/how-next-president-can-use-executive-power-jumpstart-economic-growth-day-one-part-1  

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Toward a federal regulatory budget

June 28, 2016
posted by

Clyde Wayne Crews Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Clyde Wayne Crews  

"How much do regulations cost? That is a very good question. Some compliance burdens aside, tabulating the subjective and indirect costs of regulations experienced both at the individual level and economy-wide is virtually impossible. Yet, try we must. Even if government collected a negligible percentage of Americans’ incomes in taxes, we would still keep track of taxation to prevent its abuse. The same applies to regulatory costs imposed on the private sector, which are far from negligible." (06/28/16)

https://cei.org/content/toward-federal-regulatory-budget  

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New York state’s Airbnb ban demonstrates how regulation actually works

June 22, 2016
posted by

Cathy Reisenwitz Foundation for Economic Education
by Cathy Reisenwitz  

"The New York State Senate recently effectively banned Airbnb in the state. SB S6340A makes advertising short-term rentals (less than 30 days) of entire homes illegal. Short-term rentals definitely raise legitimate safety and nuisance concerns for neighbors. But these can easily be dealt with privately with homeowners' associations and lease agreements. Unfortunately, legal restrictions on short-term rentals are, in practice, pure rent seeking on the part of the hotel industry and leave consumers considerably worse off." (06/22/16)

https://fee.org/articles/new-york-state-s-airbnb-ban-demonstrates-how-regulation-actually-works/  

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Fixing regulatory overreach

June 6, 2016
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Ike Brannon  

"Having worked in the belly of the regulatory beast, I wholeheartedly concur that the government has issued thousands of regulations that would not survive an objective weighing of their costs and benefits. But is it possible to do such a test? Agencies are adept at putting a thumb on the scale in order to achieve their goals, and when that isn't sufficient, they have other ways to avoid the scrutiny of cost-benefit analysis." (06/06/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/fixing-regulatory-overreach  

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TX: Austin voters reject 21st century, yell at kids to get off their lawn

May 8, 2016
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CNBC    

"Despite an $8 million dollar campaign by ride-hailing companies, Austin-area voters on Saturday rejected a proposal by Uber and Lyft to self-regulate their drivers and mandated stricter rules on the companies, including fingerprint background checks and emblems on cars. Uber and Lyft had threatened to pull their operations from Austin should their proposal fail. The election was being closely watched across the USA as other cities, including Los Angeles and Miami, grapple with how best to regulate the ride-hailing companies." (05/08/16)

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/05/08/austin-voters-reject-uber-lyft-plan-for-self-regulation.html  

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Regulatory budget a good way to start rolling back the regulatory state

May 5, 2016
posted by

Campaign For Liberty Campaign For Liberty
by Norm Singleton  

"When most people think of the costs government imposes on the economy, they usually think of taxation. However, a greater burden on the economy may be imposed by federal regulations. Unfortunately, Congress has made no attempt to measure the costs of regulations, or limit the damage done to the economy by the regulatory state. That is why Campaign for Liberty has recently joined a coalition letter in support of a 'regulatory budget.'" (05/05/16)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/regulatory-budget-good-way-start-rolling-back-regulatory-state  

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When regulation is bad — except for abortion

March 27, 2016
posted by

The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Bridgette Dunlap  

"Selling homemade baked goods without a license can get you six months in Wisconsin. In Iowa, braiding hair without a year of cosmetology school is punishable by up to a year in prison. So is the unlicensed practice of interior design in Florida. Conservatives have long argued that legislators use ridiculous licensing requirements to restrict market participation under the pretext of protecting health and safety. Such regulations are really intended to protect their cronies by limiting competition from newcomers. But protectionist business lobbies aren’t the only political powers serving their own interests by limiting consumer options: Abortion opponents have found that licensing requirements are an effective way to artificially deplete the market for abortion services as well." (03/26/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/03/fans-of-economic-liberty-shouldnt-be-so-quick-to-regulate-abortion/475566/  

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Obama breaks regulation records

January 20, 2016
posted by

H Sterling Burnett Heartland Institute
by H Sterling Burnett  

"Bureaucrats in the Obama administration added a record number of pages to the federal rule book in 2015, carrying out the president's directives to work around Congress when necessary to push his big-government agenda on issues such as climate change. In 2015, the administration added 81,611 pages to the Federal Register, according to the Competitive Enterprise Institute's Clyde Wayne Crews, the highest total on record and the third time Obama has crossed the 80,000-page level during his presidency." (01/20/16)

http://blog.heartland.org/2016/01/obama-breaks-regulation-records/  

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DC’s war on CrossFit

August 30, 2015
posted by

Megan Stiles Campaign For Liberty
by Megan Stiles  

"In DC's latest war on consumers, entrepreneurs, and anyone who dares to offer competition and better services than entrenched interests, the Washington, DC Board of Physical Therapy is set to soon release regulations that could reek [sic] havoc on CrossFit boxes across the District. But why is the DC regulatory agency writing rules defining personal trainers you might ask? Well, it actually stems from the 'Affordable' Care Act (which doubled both my premium and my deductible, by the way)." (08/28/15)

http://www.campaignforliberty.org/dc-war-on-crossfit  

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EPA’s punitive, fraudulent Clean Power Plan

August 10, 2015
posted by

Paul Driessen Heartland Institute
by Paul Driessen  

"The Environmental Protection Agency's new Clean Power Plan (CPP) requires that states reduce their electric utility sector carbon dioxide emissions an average of 32% below 2005 levels by 2030. EPA twisted 80 words in the Clean Air Act into 1,560 pages of regulations (plus appendices) demanding that utilities return CO2 emissions almost to 1975 levels, while our population grows by 40 million." (08/10/15)

http://tinyurl.com/poxx6rv  

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Ring the curtain down on EPA ozone rules

July 30, 2015
posted by

James H. Rust Heartland Institute
by James H Rust  

"In its war against fossil fuels, the EPA has a variety of tools of which one powerful help is the ability to give grants to a variety of organizations such as governments, businesses, Indian tribes, education institutions, and non-profit organizations called non-government organizations (NGOs). The database show grants for the past ten years, including earlier grants that started before that time and still continuing, are 33,069 for a total cost of $56.087 billion. In spite of Americans being numbed by annual federal deficits exceeding one half trillion dollars, $56 billion is a lot of money. Using a conservative estimate of $100,000 grant money equaling one man-year of effort, this sum represents 560,000 man-years employment. Many of these workers do the bidding of EPA on supporting its policies." (07/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/oskqosb  

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Obama and EPA imperil minority welfare

July 14, 2015
posted by

Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Paul Driessen and Roger Bezdek  

"The Obama Environmental Protection Agency and environmental activists frequently claim that climate change will disproportionately affect poor and minority communities. In their view, this justifies unprecedented environmental regulations, like EPA's pending 'Clean Power Plan' (CPP) to reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions from coal and gas-fueled power plants 30% by 2030. But what effect will the regulation itself have on poor and minority communities? The plan will result in higher electricity costs for businesses and families, lost jobs, lower incomes, higher poverty rates, reduced living standards, and diminished health and welfare, our exhaustive recent study found." (07/13/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ohnqld5  

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Sensible regulation

June 24, 2015
posted by

Adam Smith Institute Adam Smith Institute
by Dr Madsen Pirie  

"Regulation involves compliance costs that large businesses can afford more readily than can small firms. Indeed, big business sometimes colludes with government and bureaucracy to have regulations that make market entry difficult for start-up and small competitors. Regulation should be cost-effective, doing as little economic damage as possible, limiting competition or increasing prices as little as it can while achieving its objectives." (06/23/15)

http://www.adamsmith.org/blog/regulation-industry/sensible-regulation/  

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Want to sabotage bad laws? Healthy contempt is more important than legal strategy

May 15, 2015
posted by

JD Tuccille Reason
by JD Tuccille  

"Charles Murray gets lots of buzz for his book-length plan to kneecap the intrusive state with a campaign of defiance. Salon predictably went incoherently rabid in its reaction, comparing Murray's proposal to Scientology's long battle with the IRS (perhaps the one thing L. Ron Hubbard's creation has done with which most people are sympathetic). What's setting supporters and critics off is that Murray's By the People: Rebuilding Liberty Without Permission 'describes how civil disobedience backstopped by legal defense funds can make large portions of the 180,000-page Federal Code of Regulations unenforceable.' Murray wants to wage legal battle while essentially making D.C.'s regulatory spiderweb an insurable hazard." (05/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/mdqg9h7  

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How to fight the bureaucratic state

May 14, 2015
posted by

The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Donald Devine  

"Is there anything more clear in the Constitution than the fact that 'All legislative powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States?' Nevertheless, there are currently about 23,000 pages of federal laws passed by Congress and almost 80,000 pages of regulations by executive bureaucracies. Until recently, no one seemed to care. But in 2010, House Republicans appealed to the rising Tea Party movement by pledging to 'require congressional approval of any new federal regulation that has an annual cost to our economy of $100 million or more.'" (05/14/15)

http://tinyurl.com/kj6fg4u  

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Ten Thousand Commandments 2015

May 12, 2015
posted by

Clyde Wayne Crews Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Clyde Wayne Crews  

"Ten Thousand Commandments is the Competitive Enterprise Institute's annual survey of the size, scope and cost of federal regulations, and how they affect American consumers, businesses, and the U.S. economy. Authored by CEI Vice President for Policy Clyde Wayne Crews Jr., it shines a light on the large, growing 'hidden tax' of America's regulatory state." [executive summary -- full report available as PDF download] (05/08/15)

https://cei.org/10kc2015  

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A call for modesty in banking and insurance

April 22, 2015
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Mark A Calabria  

"Naturally a substantial amount of prudential regulation could go away if only governments were willing to impose losses on creditors in the event of insolvency. Such would also have the benefit of increasing the overall monitoring of financial institutions since creditors would now have more powerful incentives to do so. A credible resolution regime can assist in this regard, but ultimately government officials must commit not to, or be prohibited from, rescuing creditors." (04/21/15)

http://tinyurl.com/nxl7kcr  

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Little-known laws that cripple American trade

March 3, 2015
posted by

Gary M. Galles Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Gary Galles  

"In 1950, 43 percent of global shipping was done by US-flagged vessels. According to a 2009 Department of Transportation report that percentage has fallen to 1.5 percent. US-flagged ships engaged in international trade also shriveled by more than three-quarters, and their cargo capacity by more than half, from 1975 to 2007. Vessels meeting Jones Act requirements fell by more than half, from 193 in 2000, to 90 in 2014. Eligible tanker capacity similarly fell by more than half. In 2013, it was reported that only thirteen ships could legally move oil between American ports, and they were fully booked, severely handicapping shipments to domestic refineries with excess capacity, raising US gas prices as much as fifteen cents a gallon." (03/03/15)

http://mises.org/library/little-known-laws-cripple-american-trade  

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Never mind Keystone XL: EPA regulations are the real battle

February 15, 2015
posted by

Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Paul C "Chip" Knappenberger  

"In the grand scheme of things, the Keystone XL pipeline is of little significance to anything tangible -- including gas prices, jobs, and, yes, the environment. The price of gasoline is for the most part determined by global forces in the oil market, of which the Keystone XL oil will be but a drop." (02/11/15)

http://tinyurl.com/orbhnks  

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CA: San Francisco pols vote to “allow” Airbnb rentals

October 8, 2014
posted by

Seattle Post-Intelligencer    

"San Francisco lawmakers have tentatively approved a measure that would allow city residents to rent out their homes to travelers on sites such as Airbnb. The Board of Supervisors voted 7-4 on Tuesday in favor of short-term rentals with some restrictions, including a cap on the number of days an entire home can be rented out each year. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that a second vote is still needed for the measure to go into effect. But that is expected to be perfunctory." [editor's note: In what fantasy universe is it any of their damn business whether or not, or to whom, or for how long, or through what service anyone rents their home out? - TLK] (10/08/14)

http://tinyurl.com/o2zvq4h  

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Federal regs cost $1.88 trillion, more with Obama’s “pen and phone” rules

September 29, 2014
posted by

Clyde Wayne Crews Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Clyde Wayne Crews  

"Burdensome federal regulations cost American taxpayers and businesses a shocking $1.88 trillion annually -- far more than the administration estimates -- and that doesn’t include the impact of President Obama’s 'pen and phone' rulemaking, according to a 'Costberg' analysis from the libertarian Competitive Enterprise Institute." (09/26/14)

http://tinyurl.com/olrbd9h  

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In odd twist, industry agrees to ban “microbeads”

June 20, 2014
posted by

CBS News    

"Environmentalists in Illinois expected a battle royal over their call for a statewide ban on 'microbeads' -- tiny bits of plastic used in personal care products such as facial scrubs and toothpaste that are flowing by the billions into the Great Lakes and other waterways. Discovered only recently, they're showing up inside fish that are caught for human consumption, scientists say. But instead of resisting, leading companies quickly collaborated on a ban that was enacted by the state legislature this spring. And with similar measures now pending in at least three other large states and in Congress, the extinction of microbeads is taking shape as one of the unlikeliest events in the politics of nature: A low-stress compromise by interest groups that are often at each other's throats." (06/19/14)

http://tinyurl.com/jwd4c4u  

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CEI’s battered business bureau: The week in regulation

April 23, 2012
posted by

OpenMarket.org
by Ryan Young  

"84 new final rules were published last week, up from 77 the previous week. That’s the equivalent of a new regulation precisely every 2 hours -- 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All in all, 1,114 final rules have been published in the Federal Register this year. If this keeps up, the total tally for 2012 will be 3,674 new rules." (04/23/12)

http://bit.ly/I4bmtw  

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