How Regulation Could Slow Down the Future

Jill Cowan on February 26, 2018

Yesterday, my colleagues Thomas FullerJennifer Medina and Conor Dougherty took a hard look at the future of America’s infrastructure projects, like California’s high-speed rail. More specifically: Are projects that big even possible anymore, given the cost and regulation?


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State bill to legalize e-scooters, just as City Council seeks regulation in Philly

Pat Loeb on February 27, 2019

A major step forward has been made in getting electric scooters legalized in Philadelphia…


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Damage done to Puerto Rico by the Jones Act illustrates the need to repeal the law

Mark J. Perry on October 03, 2018

By now, you’d think the case for repeal of the protectionist Jones Act, a century-old relic from the Woodrow Wilson administration, would be so strong that we could close our laptops and declare the battle over. But we can’t, and it’s unfortunate because millions of Americans, including Puerto Ricans following Hurricane Maria last year, are paying hugely inflated prices for gasoline and other consumer products, thanks to a powerful maritime lobby.


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Good day care is hard to find. Elizabeth Warren’s plan might make it harder.

Meghan Kruger on February 21, 2019

Hillary Clinton said it takes a village to raise a child. Elizabeth Warren’s solution is a $700 billion federal program…




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You Can’t Build That: The Regulatory Reality of the Green New Deal

Richard B. Belzer on February 21, 2019.

During the 2012 presidential campaign, President Barack Obama said in a speech delivered in Roanoke, Virginia, “You didn’t build that.” As often happens on both sides in a hard-fought political campaign, his comment was widely taken out of context. He was talking about infrastructure, and the key role government plays in the planning, design, and construction of roads and bridges. It’s a fair point: infrastructure projects are common public goods that spin off benefits far and wide, including to entrepreneurs…




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Take the religion out of regulation

James Broughel on February 19, 2019.

Last month, President Trump garnered attention when he gave a thumbs up on Twitter to states’ efforts to introduce Bible literacy classes in public schools. The tweet, and the state legislation that Trump was alluding to, made some commentators squeamish. It raised questions as to whether government and religion are too cozy. Reasonable people can disagree about the appropriate degree of separation between church and state. But there is one way faith seems to be creeping uncomfortably close to policy. It has nothing to do with evolution, the Pledge of Allegiance, or Bibles in public schools…




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Stamford to overhaul unwieldy zoning regs, strengthen affordable housing rules

Barry Lytton on January 25, 2019.

At 356 pages, the city’s Zoning Regulations are 164 pages longer than “The Great Gatsby,” 100 pages longer than the “Adventures of Tom Sawyer” and 84 pages longer the “The Scarlet Letter.”




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Madisonville wrestles with rooster regulation, but noisy birds are an issue in New Orleans, too

Sara Pagones on February 16, 2019.

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Perhaps to escape government regulation…



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Harford County enforces basketball hoop regulation, angering some residents whose hoops were removed

Erika Butler on February 13, 2019.

Rich Szumlanski’s grandsons played basketball in the court of his Amyclae neighborhood in Bel Air all the time. So did other neighborhood children — until the county took his hoop away.



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NASA wants to get to the moon ‘as fast as possible.’ But countries like China and India are racing there, too.

Christian Davenport on February 14, 2019.

During the height of the Space Age, the United States and the Soviet Union bushwhacked a frantic path to the lunar surface, landing nearly 20 spacecraft softly on the moon between 1966 and 1976, including the six carrying NASA’s Apollo astronauts.


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