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    Regulation A+ Proposed Rule Needs Work

    The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is to be commended for recognizing the debilitating problems with the existing Regulation A, but unless the proposed rule is modified in substantial ways, it will be of only limited value to entrepreneurs seeking to raise capital. The SEC should: Reduce overregulation by state … More

    Noxious Regulations from the EPA

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week finalized more stringent standards for automotive emissions and the sulfur level in gasoline. The agency claims that the new rules will prevent 2,000 premature deaths per year (!) and 50,000 cases of respiratory ailments in children. Don’t believe it. As is commonly the … More

    Ashton Kutcher and the Regulatory Burden

    Ashton Kutcher, an entrepreneur and popular actor, denounced heavy-handed regulation in a recent interview on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Kutcher is a managing partner of the investment fund A-Grade Investments. One company his fund has invested in is Uber, the app-based service that connects drivers with passengers. Uber is rapidly expanding … More

    SEC Crowdfunding Rules Need Work

    “Going public” now costs a company about $2.5 million. This money is spent on lawyers, accountants, and other expenses to meet the registration requirements of the Securities Act. Moreover, it costs more than $1 million annually to remain public. Any company issuing stock is subject to these burdensome requirements unless … More

    The Thanksgiving Menu: Overstuffed with Regulations

    On the fourth Thursday of November, our attention naturally turns to food and football the Pilgrims who celebrated America’s first Thanksgiving. After great privation, a bountiful harvest inspired the Plymouth colony to lay a great feast. That they survived is remarkable. After all, there was no Environmental Protection Agency to … More

    JOBS Act: Crowdfunding Moves Forward

    The Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, passed in April 2012 with huge bipartisan majorities, was designed to substantially reduce the regulatory burden on entrepreneurs seeking to raise capital to start and grow their businesses. But now some in Washington are trying to reverse its momentum. Title III of the … More

    Hispanics Are Conservative, Too

    According to a recent McLaughlin poll, over 50 percent of Hispanics would vote for a conservative candidate in an election, and almost one-third identified themselves as conservatives. While this may be a surprise to some, the truth is that conservative values are shared by many in the Hispanic community. As … More

    New Red Tape Rising Report: Regulation in Obama’s First Term

    Congress and the White House have been focused for much of this year on the federal budget—rightfully so, given perennial deficits and unsustainable levels of U.S. debt. However, federal spending accounts for only a portion of the burden placed on Americans by the government. Regulations impose huge additional costs, hindering … More

    Another Subprime Idea from Obama

    The Obama Administration is reportedly pushing banks to increase mortgage lending to people with relatively weak credit in hopes of boosting home sales. But the very same policy under Presidents Clinton and Bush contributed mightily to the housing bubble that ultimately devastated millions of families in mortgage default. Credit is … More

    Obamacare Hassle: A 127-Million-Hour Paperwork Burden

    Three House committees have added up the total hours of burden that Obamacare’s regulations will cost Americans: over 127 million hours per year of paperwork. Federal law requires agencies to estimate the paperwork burden created by rules and regulations, so the estimates for hours of burden come from the Obama … More