CEI Daily - Regulatory Culture, Department of Education, and the CEI Podcast


Regulatory Culture


In Forbes this week, CEI President Fred Smith talks about the larger effects of federal overregulation.


"In today's mixed economy businesses must find creative ways to manage the conflicts between the two worlds in which they operate: the private world of competition and customers and the political world of regulation and critics. Increasingly issues are decided in the harsh glare of media coverage. Absent any popular understanding of how attacks on business affect their values, few citizens oppose such attacks.

    The result has been a steady shrinkage of the private sphere vis-à-vis the political. In 1950 the Federal Register contained 'only' 3,800 pages of federal regulations. Today it exceeds 68,000. And as the latest edition of CEI's annual survey of the federal regulatory state, 10,0000 Commandments, notes, the cost of regulation in 2010 exceeded $1.7 trillion. America's regulatory burdens are hindering our success in the global marketplace as foreign competitors are increasingly reducing their regulatory costs."




Department of Education


Department of Education officials recently overstepped the bounds of their authority by trying to dictate individual school policies.

Senior Counsel Hans Bader explains.

"The Education Department’s attempt to override rules and regulations long used by school officials in disciplinary cases creates the specter that those officials will end up being sued under state administrative-procedure laws and education codes if they comply with its dictates. That violates the admonition of the Supreme Court in Davis v. Monroe County Board of Education (1999), where the Justices said that a school did not need to take 'disciplinary action that would expose it to constitutional or statutory claims' in order to comply with Title IX."



CEI Podcast


In the new CEI Podcast, Warren Brookes Fellow Kathryn Ciano goes over the details of the budget deal that prevented a government shutdown.


Listen here.