Welcome to the first Regulatory Review, a project of the FreedomWorks Foundation’s Regulatory Action Center. Every two weeks, we’ll bring you the best news, articles, videos, and events regarding government regulation. The Trump administration has ushered in historic reform of the accountable, unelected, and bloated federal bureaucracy. When you hear "drain the swamp" or "cut the red tape" or terms like "the 4th branch of government" or "the administrative state," those all refer to what you’ll find important information on here. The Regulatory Action Center is committed to lowering the barrier between the regulatory regime and the American people, so check out the links below and be sure to check back every two weeks for the latest Regulatory Review!
In this Regulatory Review you’ll find links to:
Video of the Week: How the FAA Killed the Uber of the Sky
Statistic of the Week: Did the Trump Administration Meet its Regulatory Goals in 2017?
Historic Move by the EPA
What to Expect in 2018
Study Shows Regulation Increases Rent
Regulatory Reform Juicing Job Market
New York Times Liberal Blogger Blasted Over Absurd Claim
Tackling UNAffordable Care Act Through Regulatory Reform
New Magazine on Regulation is Out and Available for Free
How YOU Can Take Action NOW Against Most Expensive EPA Regulation Ever
1.Video of the Week
The sharing economy has revolutionized many industries, with Uber and Lyft disrupting the taxi cab market and Airbnb creating stiff competition for hotels. Two American entrepreneurs sought to do the same thing to the airlines… until the Federal Aviation Administration stuck their nose in. This new video from the Federalist Society tells their story:
2.Statistic of the Week
At the beginning of 2017, President Trump signed Executive Order 13771 that, in part, forced agencies to eliminate two existing regulations for every one new regulation. This is commonly referred to as the 2-for-1 rule. Well, the final numbers are in for 2017… according to the Office for Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), the White House’s top regulatory watchdog, agencies eliminated 67 rules compared to just three new regulations–better than a 22-to-1 ratio! You can read the full report using the following link and also learn how agencies eliminated $8.1 billion in regulatory costs (that is costs to businesses and individuals, not the federal government) at the same time.
3.Historic New Website
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has long been one of the most aggressive agencies in terms of federal regulation, creating some of the most expansive and expensive regulations on the books. However, in a sign of how much things are changing under the Trump administration’s deregulatory agenda, the EPA, under the leadership of EPA Administrator and former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, has launched a website dedicated to tracking all of the de-regulation going on at the agency. This is perhaps the first time that any such agency has ever created a website exclusively about reducing the regulatory burden it imposes. Poke around and see what the Trump/Pruitt EPA is doing to get the government off the backs of individuals and industries by clicking the link below.
4.What to Expect in 2018
As mentioned above, 2017 was a huge year in terms of regulatory reform. But now it’s 2018, so what can Americans expect this year? Well, we have a link to provide you with an answer. Every Fall, the White House publishes what is called the Unified Agenda. The Unified Agenda summarizes all the of the major regulatory (and now de-regulatory) plans for federal agencies. Follow the link below to see the Unified Agenda for yourself. The website allows you to easily navigate and find summaries of the regulatory and deregulatory plans for each federal agency, striking a good balance between thoroughness and accessibility. See for yourself what is planned by the Trump administration for 2018.
5.New Study Shows Rent Control Regulation INCREASES Rent
While this study isn’t talking about federal regulation, it’s worth checking out because it shows just how easily well-intended government regulations and economic micromanagement backfire. The study, conducted by Stanford University economists, was just published by the National Bureau of Economy Research (NBER) and is titled "The Effects of Rent Control Expansion on Tenants, Landlords, and Inequality: Evidence from San Francisco." Here’s a clip of what they found the regulations did: "landlords reduced their supply of available rental housing by 15%, by either converting to condos/TICs, selling to owner occupied, or redeveloping buildings. This led to a city-wide rent increase of 7% and caused $5 billion of welfare losses to all renters." Wow. Read the full study for yourself at the link below.
6.Famed Legal Expert Links Jobs Growth to Deregulation:
Richard Epstein, one of the leading minds on constitutional law and economics, discusses how Trump’s deregulatory agenda, particularly as it relates to employment regulations, is fueling a "Labor Market Resurgence." Epstein is a fantastic and entertaining writer and this latest piece is a must read. Find it at the link below.
7.Absurd Paul Krugman Claim Thoroughly Debunked
The New York Times‘s resident liberal blogger and most-overrated "economist" in history, Paul Krugman, made an absolutely insane claim that there is no evidence that regulation harms investment. Robert P. Murphy, a much better economist with the Institute for Energy Research, thoroughly shreds Krugman’s laughable claim and lists many, many examples of regulation deterring investment and shares several studies proving the strong link between regulation levels and business investment. Don’t miss this one, click the link below.
8.Deregulation Aimed at Curbing Obamacare’s Cost Explosion
The Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, has turned out to be anything-but "affordable." As FreedomWorks Foundation pointed out in formal comments to the Trump administration, Obamacare regulations such as unnecessary "Essential Health Benefits" requirements and the "Medical Loss Ratio" rules are driving up the price of insurance and healthcare itself. The good news is that the Trump administration, and particularly the Department of Labor, are doing something about these regulations. An editorial published by Investor’s Business Daily explains how these regulatory changes will allow for companies and individuals to get around these onerous requirements and purchase more-affordable insurance coverage that better suits their needs. Read the editorial by clicking the link below.
9.Cato Institute’s Regulation Magazine
Every quarter, the Cato Institute publishes Regulation, a magazine filled with scholarly articles and other interesting reads about all sorts of topics related to… regulation! The Winter 2017-2018 is out and available for free online in PDF form. You can also subscribe to the magazine to receive a printed edition for a small fee. Click the link below to find the latest edition as well as links to older volumes.
10.TAKE ACTION: Repeal the Clean Power Plan
The EPA has proposed to repeal the so-called "Clean Power Plan." The Clean Power Plan is one of the most expensive regulations ever created, estimated to cost nearly $40 billion per year! It is a back-door cap and trade scheme and has been criticized as unconstitutional by even the most liberal law professors, including one of Barack Obama’s former Harvard professors! Right now, the Trump EPA is proposing to repeal this regulation, collecting public comments on the matter through April 26. Submit your comments in support of repealing this horrendous regulatory scheme at the link below.
That’s all for now! Check FreedomWorks.org or RegulatoryAction.org on January 26 for the next Regulatory Review.