A Scary Study Just Came out About Federal Regulations in 2015… Let’s Hope 2016 Isn’t Any Worse

2015 was a record-setting year for the Federal Register, according to numbers the Competitive Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., released Wednesday.

This year’s daily publication of the federal government’s rules, proposed rules and notices amounted to 81,611 pages as of Wednesday, higher than last year’s 77,687 pages and higher than the all-time high of 81,405 pages in 2010 — with one day to go in 2015.


In a blog post on the libertarian think tank’s website, the group’s vice president for policy, Clyde Wayne Crews, said there have been 3,378 final rules and regulations among the pages of the Federal Register this year. Some of the major final rules included the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan and its Waters of the Unites States rule, as well as the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality order. (Read more from “A Scary Study Just Came out About Federal Regulations in 2015… Let’s Hope 2016 Isn’t Any Worse” HERE)

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  • Kent2012

    and kenyan boyo’s followers think that these regulations are a figment of conservative Real American’s imagination rather than the trashing of America by that rat in the oral office…

  • Naturalism

    Here’s the thing. If you write a simple law, then cheaters will dance around it. If you want to be effective, you need highly detailed legislation.

    You can’t just say “sell cars that get 18 MPG” because the definitions of “sell” “car” “18” and “MPG” are all opportunities for companies to cheat. (“We didn’t *sell* the car, we *transferred* it. It’s not a *car*, it’s a *sedan*. And so on.)

    You need 500 pages of details to stop companies (and individuals) from cheating.

    Blame the cheaters, or else advocate not to have the rules. Don’t point to the successful detailed rules and carp.

    • CountryBoy

      And now, if you are a business, you have to hire 10 lawyers and 10 accountants just to stay “legal”…. ALL of which are OVERHEAD and only SUBTRACT from the Bottom Line so that you cannot expand or hire people that actually PRODUCE….. maybe YOUR Job will be next, so that they can hire that lawyer or accountant…

      An ever EXPANDING Gooberment will be the death of this Country….

      • Naturalism

        I’m open to the suggestion about any particular offense, which need not be an offense. And I’m already starting out in agreement that there are some offenses which should be eliminated.

        But I’m not open to the argument that “good laws should fit on one page”, a claim I’ve seen so often that it makes my head spin. If you make a law that fits on one page — think of, say, the Constitution — then you will also need millions of pages of interpretation written over hundreds of years, like with our Constitution.