Regulation Watch

February 8, 2013

Regulations are taxes by another name. Here are the most interesting stories on federal regulation policy from the last week:

According to Washington University in St. Louis, federal taxpayers spent nearly $60 billion in 2012 simply to enforce federal regulations.

The U.S. House Ways & Means Committee is tracking how many hours it will take to comply with the 2010 health care law.

According to The Hill, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed regulations that would “prohibit U.S. schools from selling unhealthy snacks.”

A welcome change: according to the University of Pennsylvania, the Social Security Administration “substitute the term ‘intellectual disability’ for ‘mental retardation’ in the list of terms used to assess claims involving mental disorders.”

Due to increased threat from global warming, he Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) proposed a regulation that would list the wolverine as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). According to FWS, “This rule will not impose record-keeping or reporting requirements on State or local governments, individuals, businesses, or organizations.”

According to The Hill, two U.S. senators are trying to reduce permits pesticide applicators must have. The senators argue the rules “cripple” the industry with a $50 million annual cost and are also duplicative of other rules already in effect.

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