Neomi Rao, the Scholar Who Will Help Lead Trump’s Regulatory Overhaul

July 11, 2017

Steve Eder in The New York Times on July 9, 2017

Ms. Rao’s ability to work both sides of the ideological divide, emblematic of her career in academia and government, is about to be tested anew. On Monday, the Senate is expected to approve Ms. Rao’s nomination to lead an obscure but powerful White House agency called the Office of Infomation and Regulatory Affairs — placing her at the heart of President Trump’s politically contentious agenda to overhaul government rules and regulations…

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Obamacare wounds doctor-owned hospitals

July 10, 2017

Kimberly Leonard in the Washington Examiner on July 10, 2017

Federal regulations can damage the healthcare industry’s bottom line in many ways. They limit the use and nature of telemedicine. Small, rural hospitals have struggled to achieve the efficiencies Obamacare demanded from them. Because they must stick to specific federal guidelines for electronic health records, individual practices have been overwhelmed and bought up by larger healthcare systems. As with many regulations, compliance costs are too much for the smaller businesses. One of the most stark examples of how these regulations have affected a business’s bottom line comes from Obamacare’s effect on doctor-owned hopsitals…

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Occupational Licensing Hinders the American Dream

July 10, 2017

James C. Cooper, Koren Wong-Ervin, and Joshua D. Wright in Real Clear Policy on July 10, 2017

More than a quarter of the American labor force requires a state license to work, a five-fold increase since the 1950s. Occupational licensing imposes restrictions on competition in every reach of the modern economy — with pernicious effects…

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The Daily Show: Raisin Growers Lawsuit

July 9, 2017

The Daily Show on August 13, 2013

Jason Jones hires a raisin-sniffing companion to track down the federal Raisin Administrative Committee, which has been confiscating Marvin Horne’s crop.

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Viking Ship Sailing the Great Lakes Is Getting Conquered by U.S. Regulations

July 8, 2017

Mike McPhate in The New York Times on July 21, 2016

When a Viking ship, meticulously recreated in Norway, crossed the Atlantic last month, the feat captivated history buffs in the United States. They could hardly wait to get a look at the vessel, which was scheduled to visit a series of ship festivals along the Great Lakes this summer.

But as the ship, called the Draken Harold Harfagre, glided into American waters this month, it collided with a modern foe: modern-day safety regulations…

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Forget an IPO, Coin Offerings Are New Road to Startup Riches

July 7, 2017

Paul Vigna in The Wall Street Journal on July 7, 2017

Two obscure companies with no sales raised nearly $400 million combined in recent days from outside investors. How did they do it? Via a new, unregulated fundraising method that has no connection to Wall Street and is based in the world of cryptocurrencies…

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How Many Federal Agencies Exist? We Can’t Drain The Swamp Until We Know

July 7, 2017

Wayne Crews in Forbes on July 5, 2017

No one can even say with certainty anymore how many federal agencies exist; yet they make most of the law now rather than our elected Congress. And their drive to protect turf is quite high…

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In Groundbreaking Decision, DC Court Orders IRS to Return Money to Victims

July 5, 2017

Laura Williams and Travis Klavohn in Foundation for Economic Education on July 3, 2017

The judicial branch exists primarily to ensure that Constitutional principles are properly upheld by the courts. And yet, constitutional victories have been troublingly rare as of late. But even though limited government and a true separation of powers seems almost non-existent, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia just handed down a precedent-setting decision that is a win for anyone who supports constitutional limits to state power…

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Amid Fight Over Regulations, Checker Cab Rebrands In Jacksonville

July 4, 2017

Ryan Benk in WJCT on September 13, 2016

Checker Cab of Jacksonville may be taking the advice of City Councilman Matt Schellenberg and updating its fleet to compete with app-based transportation companies like Uber and Lyft.

No longer will the cabs sport their classic yellow color. Instead the newly rebranded “zTrip” cars are painted gray.

But zTrip President Bill George told WJCT that those changes go deeper than the paint job…

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Why parents put faith in Uber, Lyft

July 3, 2017

Erin Ben-Moche in Chicago Tribune on June 30, 2017

The smartphone has spawned a world in which we depend on convenience and put trust in technology, which could explain why parents are so willing to let their kids use apps that hire strangers to pick them up.

Parents like Beth Miller say ride-sharing services save time and can be a lifeline…

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