Updates / Regulatory Improvement


By / 9.29.2011

Public attitudes toward politics and government today resemble a game of limbo: how low can you go? Just when you think Americans’ confidence in their government has hit rock bottom, it sinks even further. Consider these eye-opening findings from Gallup’s newly released governance survey: 57 percent of Americans lack confidence in the federal government’s ability […]

By / 4.11.2011

Imagine that you had an industry where customer satisfaction was increasing faster than any other part of the economy. Now imagine that the same industry showed rising real investment, even during the worst recession in 75 years. Finally, imagine that industry charged falling prices for both consumers and businesses. But of course, that industry is […]

By / 1.20.2011

As part of President Obama’s executive order on “Improving Regulation and Regulatory Review,” he called for agencies to conduct ”Retrospective Analyses of Existing Rules,” and to “modify, streamline, expand, or repeal” the ones that are ”outmoded, ineffective, insufficient, or excessively burdensome.” Definitely moving in the right direction….but the key is how to implement this requirement […]

By / 1.5.2011

As Republicans go on the attack about excessive regulation under the Obama Administration, it’s worth noting two things. First, the regulatory state started growing under President George Bush, as I showed in my posts The Age of Regulation Started Ten Years Ago and Homeland Security and the Regulatory Burden.  Homeland Security accounts for roughly 90% of the […]

By / 12.13.2010

With Congress about to enact a massive new tax package that may be the last attempt we make at any kind of fiscal stimulus anytime soon, what other approaches should we be looking to for the long-term changes we need to regain our economic vitality? In this morning’s Post, Senator Mark Warner offers an answer […]

By / 4.7.2010

The D.C. Circuit Court ruled yesterday (PDF) that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) doesn’t have authority over the Internet. Back in 2007, Comcast was filtering the Internet connections of users who were suspected of using file-sharing programs and eating up a lot more bandwidth than expected. The FCC told Comcast to cut it out, under […]

By / 3.16.2010

‘Tis the season to fill out your tax forms — and, for many Americans, to complain about all the tax dollars that disappear into the maw of what they see as an indifferent government. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Democracy‘s Ethan Porter has a great idea to increase Americans’ sense of investment […]

By / 3.8.2010

Major pieces of legislation from the Hill, blockbuster rulemakings, and Supreme Court cases get all the policy headlines. Sometimes, though, small things can make just as much of an impact. Last week’s completion by the EPA of a proposed revision to an internal memo — the Johnson Memorandum — could be an example of this, though it looks like […]