CEI Podcast for April 17, 2014: Brexit Strategy

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Iain Murray, CEI’s Vice President for Strategy, along with Freedom Association Director Rory Broomfield, won second place in the Institute for Economic Affairs’ Brexit Competition. The goal of the competition is to devise a strategy for Britain’s exit from the European Union.

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

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Two new economically significant regulations last week will impose more than half a billion dollars in compliance costs on the economy. The additional 57 regulations agencies finalized last week will hopefully be less impactful.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 59 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. There were 79 new final rules the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every 2 hours and 51 minutes.
  • So far in 2014, 868 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 3,100 new regulations this year. This would be the lowest total in decades; this will likely change as the year goes on.
  • Last week, 1,766 new pages were added to the Federal Register.
  • Currently at 20,727 pages, the 2014 Federal Register is on pace for 74,025 pages, which would be the lowest total since 2009.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. 12 such rules have been published so far this year, two of them in the past week.
  • The total estimated compliance costs of 2014’s economically significant regulations currently ranges from $1.64 billion to $2.01 billion. They also affect several billion dollars of government spending.
  • 77 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
  • So far in 2014, 184 new rules affect small businesses; 26 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.

CEI Podcast for April 9, 2014: A Consumer’s Guide to Chemical Risks

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Senior Fellow Angela Logomasini talks about her new Consumer’s Guide to Chemical Risk.

Slow News Day

Politico: George W. Bush, Bill Clinton watch NCAA final

Ten Hard Questions for Libertarians

Over at the Bleeding Heart Libertarians blog, Jason Brennan has a brilliant bit of satire that reminds me of one of my favorite Voltaire quotations: “I have only ever addressed one prayer to God, and it is very short: ‘My God, please make all our enemies ridiculous.’ God has granted my wish.”

Of the ten questions Jason poses, I was saddened to realize that I have been asked at least four of them, without irony, in various contexts, including on air.

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

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After a slow start to the year, regulations are now coming out at their usual pace, with nearly 80 rules last week. The Federal Register will likely exceed 20,000 pages this week.

On to the data:

  • Last week, 79 new final regulations were published in the Federal Register. There were 64 new final rules the previous week.
  • That’s the equivalent of a new regulation every 2 hours and 8 minutes.
  • So far in 2014, 809 final regulations have been published in the Federal Register. At that pace, there will be a total of 3,112 new regulations this year. This would be the lowest total in decades; this will likely change as the year goes on.
  • Last week, 1,134 new pages were added to the Federal Register.
  • Currently at 18,961 pages, the 2014 Federal Register is on pace for 72,927 pages, which would be the lowest total since 2009.
  • Rules are called “economically significant” if they have costs of $100 million or more in a given year. 10 such rules have been published so far this year, none of them in the past week.
  • The total estimated compliance costs of 2014’s economically significant regulations currently ranges from $1.05 billion to $1.34 billion. They also affect several billion dollars of government spending.
  • 73 final rules meeting the broader definition of “significant” have been published so far this year.
  • So far in 2014, 174 new rules affect small businesses; 24 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.

CEI Podcast for April 3, 2014: Clean Air Act Costs and Benefits

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Senior Fellow William Yeatman is skeptical of an EPA report claiming the Clean Air Act will have nearly $2 trillion in annual benefits by 2020.