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Government regulation touches your daily life in ways you don’t even imagine, according to the Center for Regulatory Solutions. In “Regulation: A Primer,” Susan Dudley and Jerry Brito, of George Washington University and George Mason University, respectively, paint a helpful picture of how regulation “touches our everyday lives in thousands of ways that we may never imagine.”  As Dudley and Brito note, “These rules have both benefits and costs, but most people are unaware of their reach and influence.”  And these rules are enforced by a vast bureaucracy.  In 2012, Dudley and Brito write that “close to 300,000 full-time federal employees are devoted to issuing and enforcing regulations,” a “more than five-fold increase in the size of… View Article

News Release: Mayor Reed, Tear Down This Fence!

NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release October 15, 2013 Contact Benita Dodd at 404-256-4050 or benitadodd@georgiapolicy.org Mayor Reed, Tear Down This Fence! Atlanta – Just one week ago, the Fulton County Superior Court ordered the city of Atlanta to “accept, review and process” permits to street vendors, putting an end to nine months in which vendors were targeted by the city after a 2012 court ruling struck down as unconstitutional the city’s vending monopoly. No sooner did the vendors win the battle than it was discovered the city had some temporary concrete pots removed from the area of Five Points – where the vendors sold – and replaced with a fence permanently planted in the ground, “erecting a Berlin Wall of… View Article

When Government Goes Off Course

By Benita M. Dodd Stephen Goldsmith was a champion of privatization and outsourcing of government operations during his tenure as mayor of Indianapolis. He recalled in his 1997 book, “The Twenty-First Century City,” how he used what he called the “yellow pages” test: “Look at the city’s yellow pages. If the phone book lists three companies that provide a certain service, the city probably should not be in that business, at least not exclusively.” “The best candidates for marketization are those for which a bustling competitive market already exists. Using the yellow pages tests, we could take advantage of markets that had been operating for years.” “We consistently showed that free-market competition could do something critical to solve the fiscal… View Article

ABCs, CDC and Social Engineering

By Benita M. Dodd This Independence Day weekend, as you’re getting ready to celebrate the nation’s independence with fireworks, barbecue and beer, spare a thought for beleaguered beer drinkers in the State of Independence. They’re citing the alphabet. As in ABC and CDC. Pennsylvania, the “State of Independence,” allows no independence in the sale of beer, wine and liquor, issuing all permits and operating some 600 Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) stores under some of the toughest, inconvenient and unusual laws in the nation. And the CDC is in on the game. The governor is trying to privatize the sale of alcohol. It’s easy to understand the opposition of the liquor store clerks union and the Pennsylvania Beer Alliance: the store… View Article
  This commentary was first published by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a research and educational institute headquartered in Midland, Mich., and a sister think tank to the Georgia Public Policy Foundation.  By Audrey Spalding Though property vacancy is a pressing problem in some areas of Michigan, the government land banks created to address it may be doing more harm than good. Some land banks have actually blocked private buyers from purchasing vacant property, and others have discriminatory sales policies.  In the western part of the state, the Kent County Land Bank caused a stir last summer when it snapped up more than 40 vacant properties before tax auction. By doing so, the land bank blocked would-be buyers from… View Article

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