State of the States: Exploring top-down regulatory review
While the results of federal regulatory reforms are mixed, state-based initiatives are taking strides to reduce red tape. In this report, Argive surveys the fifty states to identify the driving factors behind successful executive-led regulatory reform policies. To download a copy of this report, please click here.
Improving Regulations.gov: A Perspective from Silicon Valley
In this report, we identify key challenges and areas for improvement in the existing online government rulemaking portal. We offer practical solutions for improving regulations.gov based on best practices from private sector technology.
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Please see Rulemaking 2.0 for further reading on e-participation in regulatory processes.
Our favorite no-nonsense policy reports
Produced by the American Council for Capital Formation
This report collects case studies and examples that demonstrate reducing duplicative or redundant regulations is an effective method of improving regulations. The authors recommend implementing smart, small changes to provide regulatory relief for small businesses.
Produced by U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Key findings from this 2017 study indicate that regulations cost the American economy as much as $1.9 trillion a year and disproportionately impact small businesses.
Produced by US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Environment, Technology, & Regulatory Affairs Division
This report dissects federal rules issued between 2008 and 2016 and identifies agencies and regulations that pose the highest costs to the US economy. The report calls on agencies to apply more stringent review to "high impact" rules, or regulations that cost more than $1 billion per year.
by Wayne Winegarden, Ph.D.
States like Indiana and Texas make starting a business relatively easy, while others are less welcoming to aspiring entrepreneurs. This report indexes the 50 states in terms of regulatory costs to small businesses. See how your state stacks up.
in British Columbia, Canada
British Columbia is leading the way in red tape reduction. In 2001, the province launched a reform campaign by capping regulatory budgets, requiring agencies to cut two rules for each new one, and creating an online form for citizens to submit direct feedback on rules.
by the Institute for Justice
Some occupational licensing requirements make it unnecessarily hard to start a business. This 50-state profile of occupational licensing requirements finds that licensing requirements establish monopolies and barriers to entry for new businesses.
by the Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy
Compliance is costly, especially when you own a small business. The SBA Office of Advocacy finds that small businesses pay significantly more per employee in compliance costs than larger firms. When it comes to regulation, small businesses are disadvantaged.
by Cynthia Farina, Mary J. Newhart.
This report offers key insights for how technology can be leveraged by public administrators to encourage effective public participation in the rulemaking process. The report provides a description of key stakeholders and targeted strategies for reaching different types of commenters.
Worth the Read
These books explain the regulatory state in easy-to-understand language and colorful examples.