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Do Regulations Hurt The Poor?

Paul Ryan thinks so.  In my latest column for The Hill, I evaluate his legislation: Once benefits are included in a distributional analysis, and we recognize that most of the rules that would be deemed regressive also fail a more general benefit-cost test already in place, the number of regulations likely to be affected by [...]

Republicans love to say that regulation is costing the economy billions of dollars and thousands of jobs.  But estimates are all over the place. …the cost of any particular regulation is often described differently by the agency, by outside parties, and by agency critics in Congress. For example, a regulation issued in 2012 curbing mercury [...]

The regulations proposed last month to combat emissions from existing power plants were a critical step toward combating climate change. But the regulations are a long way from taking effect.  In a column for the Hill today, I discuss the long path forward and also how this path ensures that if the regulations are finalized, [...]

It could happen in Europe, and a 350 pound man is at the center of the story. And maybe it should happen in the United States. At the center of the case is child-minder Karsten Kaltoft, an obese man who was fired from his job in Denmark for being deemed too large to adequately perform [...]

Another Victory For EPA

Two weeks ago the EPA won a big victory when the D.C. Court of Appeals upheld their regulation of mercury emissions.  Today it was the Supreme Court upholding another huge environmental regulation. The Supreme Court on Tuesday in a 6-2 decision upheld a rule that allows the Environmental Protection Agency to regulate power plant air [...]

Remember the Texas fertilizer plant explosion that killed 14 people last year? Remember the controversial political cartoon about the event? Texas Governor Rick Perry was so incensed by the cartoon that he demanded an apology from the paper that printed it: But, as it happens, the cartoon was completely accurate: The volunteer firefighters who rushed [...]

The D.C Court of Appeals upheld a EPA regulation requiring power plants to curb mercury emissions yesterday. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected a challenge to the rule, which was completed by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2011 and set the first national limits on air pollution emitted by [...]

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is trying to reduce the level of silica dust that workers are exposed to.  When they proposed doing so, they asked for scientific research but (quite reasonably) asked for researchers to disclose where they got their funding from.  This was not so popular: But now, in a dizzying turnabout [...]

I just finished reading Simpler by Cass Sunstein, the regulatory czar during President Obama’s first term.  Sunstein does a nice job of advocating for policies that “nudge” people toward choices that would make them happier in the long run.  He advocates policies that set default rules (like having people opt out of becoming organ donors instead [...]

The FDA last week announced a proposed change to the food label that you see on all processed food in the supermarket. Food labels would have larger-font calorie counts and more realistic portion sizes under an Obama administration proposal to significantly revise nutrition labels for the first time in two decades. The proposal, to be [...]

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