CEI Today: Bloomberg soda ban, REINS Act, and an Obama carbon tax


Openmarket.org: Bloomberg’s Soda Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

Today, an appeals court ruled that New York City’s Board of Health overstepped its authority when, at the behest of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, it attempted to limit the size of sodas sold at city establishments.


Bloomberg has vowed to appeal again, despite ridicule from the left and the right as well as criticism that his proposal simply will not affect obesity rates as he hopes (I’ve written more on that here and here). Hopefully, as New Yorkers consider who they want to be the next mayor of their city, they will look for someone who is willing to stand up for their rights rather than attempt to control what they put in their mouths. > Read more

> Interview Michelle Minton



Openmarket.org: REINS Reg Reform Bill Up for House Vote Thursday

This week is “Stop Government Abuse Week,”and the House is scheduled to vote on a plan by Rep. Todd Young (R-Ind.) to make Congress accountable for federal regulations run amok.

CEI has been pushing this common-sense regulatory reform idea for years: Congress should vote on all regulations with an annual cost of $100 million or more.
> Read more

> Interview Ryan Young or Wayne Crews



Daily Caller: Could a carbon tax find its way into Obama’s tax reform effort?


“Doubling down on renewable energy has got to be the dumbest idea in a speech full of dumb ideas,” said Myron Ebell, director of energy and global warming policy at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. “The president challenges Republicans to come up with better ideas, but he has rejected all of their much better ideas on reducing the incredibly costly EPA regulations that are stifling innovation, new business start-ups, and job creation.” > Read more

> Interview Myron Ebell

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau:
The Week in Regulation

The federal government has a strict policy against selling turtle eggs and small turtles for profit. In fact, if the FDA catches you with such turtles and you aren’t a researcher, federal regulations literally require you to kill the turtles while someone from the FDA watches you do it. Starting in January 2014, the FDA is thankfully lifting this particular death penalty.





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In Praise of Banking at Big-Box Stores

The provision in Dodd-Frank that imposed a three-year moratorium on banks affiliated with nonfinancial businesses expired this week. > Read more