Monday, August 29, 2011


With working with small businesses, I know first-hand the impact of federal and state regulations. The regulations are there to serve a useful purpose, but sometimes enough is enough. It seems like a vicious circle. The more regulations we have, the more bureaucrats we need, and more bureaucrats sit in their office and create more regulations…which create more bureaucrats.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce reports that the administration last week "released version 2.0 of its regulatory review, which looks back at existing regulations to determine which regulations it can streamline or eliminate." In his commentary at, the U.S. Chamber's regulatory expert, Bill Kovacs writes that while the administration is to be commended for taking the initiative, "results of this look-back will not have a material impact on the real regulatory burdens facing businesses today." In 2007, there were around 110,000 federal regulations. Today, those rules are proliferating at a rate of about 4,000 additional regulations annually. There are currently more than 22,580 pages of federal regulations on environmental protection; 15,700 pages of tax code; 10,800 pages to regulate agriculture; 6,555 pages for the transportation sector; 5,575 pages on banking regulation; and 4,955 pages of labor law. Still, the rules keep coming. According to reports, the federal agencies added $9.5 billion in new regulatory costs in July alone by proposing 229 new rules and finalizing another 379 rule changes.