CEI Today: Gaps in gov't reporting, subsidizing unions, EPA's Clean Power Plan, and more

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014
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Forbes: How Entrepreneurs Can Speak Out About The Cost Of Regulation


When federal bureaucrats in Washington released the Report to Congress on the Benefits and Costs of Federal Regulations for fiscal year 2013, their hope was for the public to believe that regulations cost just $2-$2.5 billion while bestowing benefits of up to $67 billion.

The better takeaway is that a mere seven rules account for these costs. Another 11 rules were acknowledged to cost perhaps $3.2 billion annually, but no benefit estimate accompanied those.

So that’s eighteen 2013 regulations that the federal government tells us about. But there were actually 3,634 rules issued during the fiscal year, so there are gaps to say the least. > Read more

> Interview Wayne Crews



Workplacechoice.org: Federal Government Granted $157 Million Subsidy to Government Unions in FY 2012


When someone is paid to perform services, it should not be considered volunteer work. Yet, that is exactly how the federal government attempts to legitimize a massive taxpayer-funded subsidy to government unions. The subsidy is known as “official time” and allows federal employees to conduct union business, totally unrelated to their public duties, while paid their regular federal salary.

What OPM finally revealed is the amount and cost of official time granted in FY 2012. In FY 2012, federal employees spent a total of 3,439,449 hours on official time, an increase of 1.3 percent from FY 2011. The cost of official time also increased in FY 2012 to $157,196,468 from around $155 million. 
> Read more

> Interview Trey Kovacs



Globalwarming.org: How Unlawful Is EPA’s Clean Power Plan?


A bare majority in UARG did, however, vote to overturn EPA’s Tailoring Rule, the agency’s brazen attempt to rewrite unambigous (numerical) statutory requirements to avoid an administrative debacle of its own making. Moreover, the Scalia majority admonished EPA against adopting statutory interpretations that would “bring about an enormous and transformative expansion in EPA’s regulatory authority without clear congressional authorization.” Those words are a perfect rebuke to the regulatory coup EPA is trying to pull off via the Clean Power Plan. Will EPA get away with it? I don’t think so. > Read more

> Interview Marlo Lewis

CEI’s Battered Business Bureau: The Week in Regulation

The Federal Register topped the 60,000-page mark on Friday, and is on pace for the 6th-highest page count in its 79-year history. Along the way, new regulations cover everything from 5K races to how magnets work.


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Journalist Carrie Sheffield
CEI Warren T. Brookes Journalism Fellow