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The Regulatory Action Center Review - June 22, 2018

Video of the Week: In this video, PolicyEd discusses how Congressional and Judicial decisions have granted federal agencies a considerable amount of power, but what steps can be taken to rein in the Administrative State.

The Regulatory Impact of Restructuring the Executive Branch

Just yesterday, the Trump Administration announced a proposal to reorganize several Federal Agencies. From a regulatory perspective, the proposal would eliminate some of the more severe examples of federal red tape. Fred Lucas, White House Correspondent for the Daily Signal, reports on the impacts of the proposal. Full Article: Here’s How Trump Wants to Streamline Government

AT&T and Time Warner Merger

With the recent approval of the AT&T and Time Warner merger, many are wondering what the decision will mean for the U.S. economy. The Competitive Enterprise Institute, along with the Cato Institute, discusses the meaningful impacts of the merger, detailing the economic benefits of the government staying out of the private sector. Full Articles: What the AT&T-Time Warner Merger Decision Means for U.S. Regulation and AT&T Ruling Tells Government: It’s Not 1948 Anymore

Is Cost of Living in DC about to increase?

On Wednesday, DC residents voted to approve Initiative 77, a policy raising the minimum wage of tipped employees in the district. The Daily Signal’s Rachel Greszler and David Kreutzer report on the negative impacts of Initiative 77, including increased food prices, increased labor costs, and lower quality restaurant service. Full Article: New Minimum Wage Law Puts DC Restaurants in a Bind

The Future of the Internet Sales Tax

The Supreme Court released its ruling on Wayfair vs. South Dakota on Thursday, allowing South Dakota’s remote internet sales tax to stand. Jessica Melugin, Associate Director of the Center for Technology & Innovation with the CEI, argues against individual states establishing internet sales taxes that go beyond state borders: "Attempts to empower states to tax outside their borders are unpopular with voters and undermine both fiscal conservative principles and state sovereignty under America’s federal system". Full Article: Online Sales Taxes Make Government Bigger and Undermine Federalism

The Conservative Response to Universal Basic Income

Recent calls from tech giants like Elon Musk and Mark Zucherberg for a Universal Basic Income have given undeserved credibility to a policy based on failed socialist programs. Clyde Wayne Crews, Vice President for Policy with the Competitive Enterprise Institute, utilizes basic economics and conservative principles to address the claims made on the left for Universal Basic Income in a recent article in Forbes Magazine. Full Article: Universal Basic Income: What's The Plural Of Apocalypse?

Lemonade Stands: A Public Health Concern?

Young lemonade stand operators have been plagued by meddling government regulators for years. John Kristof, a Research Fellow at the Sagamore Institute, reports on the current regulatory situation for young entrepreneurs in the United States in a recent article published by RealClearPolicy. Full Article: Lemonade Stands Are Latest Victim of Excessive Regulation