CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

In another busy week, federal agencies issued new regulations for everything from tomato plants to airplane seats.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 76 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register, after 84 the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every two hours and 13 minutes.
  • So far in 2015, 2,543 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 3,329 new regulations this year, far fewer than the usual total of 3,500-plus.
  • Last week, 1,832 new pages were added to the Federal Register, after 1,301 pages the previous week.
  • Currently at 59,940 pages, the 2015 Federal Register is on pace for 78,456 pages.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. 21 such rules have been published so far this year, none in the past week.
  • The total estimated compliance cost of 2015’s economically significant regulations ranges from $1.69 billion to $1.81 billion for the current year.
  • 213 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
  • So far in 2015, 413 new rules affect small businesses; 57 of them are classified as significant.

Highlights from selected final rules published last week:

For more data, see Ten Thousand Commandments and follow @10KC and @RegoftheDay on Twitter.

OPIC Interview

On September 30, I appeared on The Wall Street Journal‘s OpinionJournal Live with James Freeman to talk about OPIC. It went well, although my cat Murky makes a surprise cameo near the end of the segment. Such are the perils of working from home.

Here’s the link.

Slow News Day

The Washington Post: How tall is Jeb Bush?

OPIC “Paying Off Friends In The Climate Change Business?”

It’s possible. See here for more. Even some Republican presidential candidates, as establishmentarian as they are, are getting on board. Hopefully the Democratic field gets on board.

GOP Field Mobilizes against Cronyism?

Don’t hold your breath, but here is a small bit of optimism.

GOP Split over Cronyism?

The Daily Caller’s Guy Bentley has a good piece on Ex-Im, OPIC, and the GOP’s conflicted relationship with big business. He also quotes Mercatus’ Veronique de Rugy and yours truly.

Maybe He Should Stand Up Straighter

The Hill: White House calls Putin ‘desperate,’ criticizes his posture