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Ten Thousand Commandments An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State 2018

April 19, 2018

The cost of government extends beyond what the federal government collects in taxes and spends, too include trillions of dollars in environmental, safety and health, and economic regulations that affect the economy.

The cost of government extends beyond what the federal government collects in taxes and spends, too include trillions of dollars in environmental, safety and health, and economic regulations that affect the economy. Budgetary pressures, and lack of direct accountability encourage lawmakers to impose off-budget regulations on the private sector rather than

add to unpopular deficit spending. These costs are rarely accounted for during discussion of the impact of federal programs on individual liberty and the nation’s economic performance, despite the fact they are larger than the total revenue generated by personal and corporate income taxes combined. This study details the scope of regulations, their costs, and reforms being made by the Trump administration to reform the number and scope of administrative regulations, and reduce their impact on peoples’ lives and the economy.

Author
Wayne Crews is vice president for policy and director of technology studies at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and a former Cato Institute scholar.
wayne.crews@cei.org