Washington’s massive rulemaking is strangling businesses

Vicki Kraft on October 11, 2019.

During the final three days of the 105-day legislative session in April, more than $2 billion in new and higher taxes were approved. These included new and increased business and occupation taxes on more than 90,000 employers and certain banks, a graduated real estate excise tax on both residential and commercial sales, a higher tax on oil, ending the sales tax exemption for Oregonians and changing it into an annual remittance program…

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New Trump Orders: Guidance Should Be A Shield, Not A Sword

Susan E. Dudley on October 10, 2019.

President Trump signed two executive orders yesterday aimed at constraining agencies’ use of “guidance documents.” The first, Promoting the Rule of Law Through Improved Agency Guidance Documentssets forth standards for developing new guidance and making existing guidance accessible online. The second, with the weighty title Promoting the Rule of Law Through Transparency and Fairness in Civil Administrative Enforcement and Adjudicationestablishes principles for using guidance in civil enforcement…

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Reining in the Regulatory State

Douglas Holtz-Eakin on October 7, 2019.

One of the most remarkable accomplishments of the Trump Administration has been the U-turn it executed on the regulatory front. Recall that over the 8 years of the Obama Administration, it finalized a costly regulation ($100 million or more in burdens on the private sector) at an average rate of 1.1 per day, for a total cost to the private sector of over $890 billion. The avalanche of regulatory costs was different in scale, but not character, from previous administrations: the regulatory state only ever expanded…

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Bill aimed at crime-fighting would instead punish Iowa’s small businesses

Matt Everson on September 20th, 2019.

Despite warnings by some of an impending recession, Iowa’s small businesses are still thriving. It’s a fact I’d like to remind members of the U.S. Senate as they consider legislation that would treat hard-working small business owners like criminals. The bill that would subject small businesses owners across Iowa to a new level of over-regulation.

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Let’s improve state and federal regulation of bank vendors

John Ryan on September 28, 2019.

Recently the House recently unanimously approved legislation that would enhance the ability of state and federal regulators to coordinate the examinations of a bank’s technology vendor. I urge the Senate to do the same…

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How a new bankruptcy law will help small businesses

Gene Marks on September 23, 2019.

The economy today remains strong, but we all know that’s not going to last forever. When the next downturn comes – and it will come – it’s inevitable that some small-business owners, for whatever reason, are going to face bankruptcy…

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Senate appropriators weigh in on commercial launch regulatory reform

Jeff Foust on September 26, 2019.

A Senate appropriations bill that funds the Federal Aviation Administration for fiscal year 2020 also called on the agency to revise its approach to streamlining commercial launch and regulatory regulations…

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Don’t ban our oil bounty — manage it sustainably

James Coleman on September 24, 2019.

Oil is the commodity that built the modern world and is the most important driver of the world’s economy. That also means oil is our economy’s biggest risk factor: All but one U.S. recession in the past 80 years came after a spike in oil prices. Last week’s attack on Saudi Arabia and the prospect of escalating violence among the Middle East’s oil powers is a dire risk to the world’s prosperity…

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Developers Argue Too Much Red Tape In Way Of Affordable Housing

Rachel Wulff on September 14, 2019.

Steve Lanzi and his brother Vince have been developers for a decade, working on 500 rehabs and more than 15 developments in Sacramento and surrounding areas…

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