Heritage: No Surprise - Red Tape is Rising


I know many of us are watching to see how the events of this coming Tuesday will change the make-up of Congress, and how that will impact policy making moving forward. However, I wanted to send you a brief update with three new items.

The first is a set of downloadable flyers with a detailed state-specific analysis of job losses in 20 key states if the Obama tax plan goes into effect. Please click here to view the flyers and be sure to let me know if they are useful to you.

The next item is a NEW report from The Heritage Foundation, called Red Tape Rising which details the recent massive expansion in federal regulation and what it will cost our economy.

For the 43 new major regulations in 2010 (just the ones that cost $100 million or more), the price tag is $26.5 billion – a new record.



Among the most costly of the FY 2010 crop are:

  • Fuel economy and emission standards for passenger cars, light-duty trucks, and medium-duty passenger vehicles imposed jointly by the EPA and NHTSA. Annual cost: $10.8 billion (for model years 2012 to 2016). For automakers to recover these increased outlays, NHTSA estimates the standards will lead to increases in average new vehicle prices ranging from $457 per vehicle in FY 2012 to $985 per vehicle in FY 2016.
  • Mandated quotas for renewable fuels. Annual cost: $7.8 billion (for 15 years). Utilizing farmland to grow corn and other crops used in renewable fuels will displace food crops, leading food costs to increase by $10 per person per year—or $40 for a family of four, according to the EPA.
  • Efficiency standards for residential water heaters, heating equipment, and pool heaters. Annual cost: $1.3 billion. The appliance upgrades necessary to comply with the new standards will raise the price of a typical gas storage water heater by $120.
  • Limits on “effluent” discharges from construction sites imposed by the EPA. Annual cost: $810.8 million. The cost of the requirements will force the closure of 147 construction firms and the loss of 7,257 jobs, according to the EPA. Homebuyers also will bear some of the costs, with an increase in mortgage costs of about $1,953.


Click here to read the full report.

Finally is the attached Memo to the Movement from the Conservative Action Project which outlines suggested ways to cut the federal budget.

Thanks for all you do for liberty. Again, please feel free to offer feedback on these items. We want to know what’s useful to you.