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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 over-time pay protections to over 40 million American workers.

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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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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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FreedomWorks Foundation Expects More Bureaucratic Overreach in Obama’s State of the Union Address

FreedomWorks Foundation expects to hear President Barack Obama announce more federal rules and regulations when he delivers his final State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday evening. Ahead of the address, FreedomWorks Foundation Chief Economist Wayne Brough commented on President Obama’s shocking expansion of executive power and reiterated our plans to mobilize against harmful rules and regulations in 2016.

01/12/2016
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Tonight’s State of the Union Address Marks the Final Days of Obama’s Divisive Presidency

Ahead of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress, FreedomWorks CEO Adam Brandon reflected on Barack Obama’s divisive presidency and described the agenda congressional Republicans should pursue in the coming months.

01/12/2016
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FreedomWorks Foundation Pledges to Mobilize Against Harmful Regulations

A story in Politico on Monday highlighted the Obama administration’s “mad dash” to ram through thousands of rules and regulations before the end of the president’s term. Since President Obama took office, rule-making agencies have added more than 545,000 pages of regulations to the Federal Register. In 2015 alone, unelected bureaucrats issued or proposed more than 80,000 pages of rules and regulations. These new and proposed rules come with a price tag of $191 billion, the costs of which will be borne by businesses and consumers.

01/05/2016
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You've probably broken the law, and you don't even know it

In April 1790, the first Congress passed the Crimes Act, a law that established a criminal code in the United States. The Constitution listed only three crimes -- counterfeiting, piracy, and treason. The Crimes Act codified those crimes and added a little more than a dozen others, including murder, larceny, and perjury. The list of federal offenses was short and easily defined.

08/17/2015

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