FEDERAL REGS — THEY COST $1.9 TRILLION
Yes, someone is actually tracking the hidden economic weight of all those pesky federal regulations. Here’s the startling news: It cost Americans $1.9 trillion last year to comply with all the myriad rules and protocols that are issued by the federal bureaucracy at the rate of 3,500 a year — this according to Clyde Wayne Crews, vice president for policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. The regs are, in essence, like a hidden tax.
“Federal agencies crank out thousands of new regulations every year, but we have little information on the cost or effectiveness on most of them,” says Mr. Crews. “There’s little transparency, and no reliable source of information on exactly what benefits rules are supposed to be generating or if they are serving their intended purpose.”
Curious? Find the appropriately titled 87-page “Ten Thousand Commandments” here: Cei.org/10KC