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The Federal Government’s New Overtime Rules Represent a Declaration of War on Job Flexibility and Small Employers

The Department of Labor recently finalized new standards to determine when salaried workers are eligible for overtime pay. While there is minimal evidence that these unilateral rule changes will achieve the aims claimed by the Obama administration, there will be clear harm to the liberty of employees who desire flexible work schedules, while imposing significant compliance costs on many employers. These costs fall especially hard on small employers, as highlighted in today’s House Small Business Committee hearing.

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The Ozone Bureaucracy Complex: EPA Regulations That Can't Distinguish Between a National Park and City Harm the Poor Most

In October 2015, the EPA announced a new standard for ground-level ozone, tightening its stringent existing standard even more. It set the new standard at 70 parts per million (0.0070% of the atmosphere), a 9% decrease from the previous standard of 75 ppm established in 2008. Along with nearly 1000 counties nationwide that may not meet this new standard, one-third of all US counties, you’ll find at least 26 national parks. Does it seem ridiculous to you that the EPA has created a situation where some of the most rural and pristine areas of the United States could be lumping in the same category with the most densely-populated and industrialized? Well, then you don’t know the EPA.

06/14/2016
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America Desperately Needs Relief from Regulations. Ryan's Plan Is a Good Place to Start

The United States is in the midst of a constitutional crisis. The lines that clearly delineate the boundaries of the three branches of government, specifically, the executive and legislative branches, have become blurred. Presidents have claimed powers that far exceed what the framers intended, and Congress has been complicit by its failure to reestablish itself as the rightful and sole lawmaking authority.

06/14/2016
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Press Release

Congress Must Act on Regulatory Reform

Following the introduction of Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) regulatory reform agenda, FreedomWorks CEO Adam Brandon commented:

06/14/2016
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Regulations Work Overtime to Hurt Employees, Small Businesses

Last week, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced revisions to the proposed rules interpreting the Fair Labor Standard Act’s regulations on the overtime compensation pay of white-collar, salaried workers. Currently, salaried employees making more than $23,660 annually are exempt from the DOL requirement that employers pay time-and-a-half for each hour over 40 hours weekly. The final rule, with several key changes to the proposed rule, will extend overtime pay protections to over 40 million American workers.

05/24/2016
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With Seven-Day Extension, Obama Midnight is Dark and Full of Regulatory Terrors

The "drop dead date" for federal regulations is fast approaching and we are expecting more overreaching proposals. This is the last date that proposed rules can be finalized by the Obama administration, without fear that the next President will overturn them under the Congressional Review Act. Regulatory agencies are expected to release a flood of regulations before this date. This regulatory outburst, first noted in the final days of the Carter Administration, is known as "midnight regulations."

05/16/2016
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Regulatory Dark Matter Leaves Congress in the Dark

In an April 19 report, Why Congress Must End Regulation by Guidance Document, the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) warns us about the enormous impact of federal agencies’ sub-regulatory “guidance” documents, including a big negative effect on the economy and job creators. These guidelines, which can be as informal as a bulletin or press release, do not undergo formal notice and comment rulemaking procedures and are not legally binding in a strict sense, as the House Oversight Committee has noted. Nonetheless, they are used to make major policy decisions and, according to Senator Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), are “often as effective as regulations in changing behavior due to the weight agencies and courts give them.”

04/19/2016
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Regulatory State Threatens Jobs, Wages and Startups

The negative impacts of federal regulations on jobs, wages and innovation was the subject this week of hearings before the House Judiciary Committee. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA 49) opened the hearing before the subcommittee on regulatory reform by noting that many in Washington consider the “endless expanding web of intricate [federal] rules” to be natural or desirable. “No one they know is going to lose a job because of overregulation,” he added.

02/26/2016
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19 Ridiculous Federal Criminal Laws and Regulations

One of the more interesting aspects of FreedomWorks' justice reform project is studying the over-criminalization. It is an issue that many want to avoid, preferring instead to focus their efforts on other very worthy issues like sentencing and corrections reform. Of course, we support these efforts. With 4,500 to 5,000 federal criminal statutes and as many as 400,000 regulations carrying criminal penalties, over-criminalization is a problem, and it is one that does not get nearly enough attention.

01/14/2016
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Press Release

FreedomWorks’ Statement on the State of the Union Address

Following the conclusion of President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address, FreedomWorks CEO Adam Brandon commented:

01/12/2016

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