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Last Week In Regulation

According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, last week 100 new regulations were added to the Federal Register which places the current tally at 1,912 regulations on 42,130 pages. So far this year, 355 new rules will affect small businesses.

“The total estimated compliance costs of 2014’s economically significant regulations currently ranges from $7.34 billion to $10.57 billion. They also affect several billion dollars of government spending.”

EPA Regulations Will Close Down 68 Year Old Peach Orchard

According to a report from Watchdog, a peach orchard in Louisiana will be forced to closed after a chemical keeping its trees alive was banned by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The orchard was established in 1946 and is one of the largest in the state.

“Mitcham (the orchard’s owner) told Watchdog the federal regulations have also forced him to downsize his business from 60 employees to 20. ‘Well, with more acreage to use we would be prospering,” Mitcham said. “We had the potential to be a million dollar business, but definitely not now.’”

Last Week In Regulation

According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, last week 79 new regulations were added to the Federal Register which places the current tally at 1,749 regulations on 38,201 pages. So far this year, 315 new rules will affect small businesses.

“The total estimated compliance costs of 2014’s economically significant regulations currently ranges from $3.96 billion to $4.38 billion. They also affect several billion dollars of government spending.”

Pennsylvania Joins List of States Banning Uber and Lyft

In the government’s never-ending march against innovation, Pennsylvania has joined the growing list of states that are banning ride sharing services like Uber and Lyft. It is hardly surprising that entrenched special interests like the taxi industry would fight to maintain their monopoly, but it is hardly beneficial for consumers.

“The PUC [Public Utilities Commission] contends that both companies are operating as unlicensed transportation brokers in the state and are using non-certified drivers to provide their services.”

Proposed FDA Rules Could Snuff Out 119-Year-Old Cigar Business

J.C. Newman Cigar Company dates back 119 years to the second Cleveland administration, yet new proposed regulations by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could threaten its continued existence. The family business based out of Tampa, Florida, is known for relying on vintage, hand-operated equipment from the 1930s to produce relatively inexpensive cigars. But the FDA wants to limit youth access to tobacco, so it aims to make cigars more expensive. The new rules would require the company to obtain federal approval before offering new products, submit its cigars for “rigorous scientific review,” and comply with new manufacturing methods. Additionally, the company would be forced to pay the FDA a user fee to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars. From Watchdog.org:

“‘Cigars are to Tampa what wine is to Napa Valley and what automobiles are to Michigan,’ [the company's president, Eric Newman,] said … Many of J.C. Newman’s employees come from one-time competitors that are no longer in business. If the facility goes under, there is no other factory in Tampa where cigar makers will be able to apply their skills.”

Last Week In Regulation

According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, last week 86 new regulations were added to the Federal Register which places the current tally at 1,670 regulations on 36,584 pages. So far this year, 315 new rules will affect small businesses.

“The total estimated compliance costs of 2014’s economically significant regulations currently ranges from $2.33 billion to $2.72 billion. They also affect several billion dollars of government spending.”

Last Week In Regulation

According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, last week 78 new regulations were added to the Federal Register which places the current tally at 1,584 regulations on 35,435 pages. So far this year, 295 new rules will affect small businesses.

“The total estimated compliance costs of 2014’s economically significant regulations currently ranges from $2.33 billion to $2.72 billion. They also affect several billion dollars of government spending.”

Last Week In Regulation

According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, last week 79 new regulations were added to the Federal Register which places the current tally at 1,506 regulations on 34,170 pages. So far this year, 285 new rules will affect small businesses.

“The total estimated compliance costs of 2014’s economically significant regulations currently ranges from $2.33 billion to $2.72 billion. They also affect several billion dollars of government spending.”

Last Week In Regulation

According to the Competitive Enterprise Institute, last week 75 new regulations were added to the Federal Register which places the current tally at 1,427 regulations on 32,819 pages. So far this year, 273 new rules will affect small businesses.

“The total estimated compliance costs of 2014’s economically significant regulations currently ranges from $2.33 billion to $2.72 billion. They also affect several billion dollars of government spending.”

Common Barn Swallows Protected By Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Barn swallows, a federally protected species, recently found a new home in the $100,000 patio of the Jethro’s BBQ Lakehouse establishment in Ankeny, Iowa. The patio became unusable, as patrons were bombarded with droppings and feathers from above. The solution seemed simple enough: remove the unsightly mud nests and put wiring in the rafters so the birds could no longer access their co-opted homes. Not so much. Owner Bruce Gerleman faced a $10,000 fine and possible jail time for each barn swallow and egg affected by his efforts. After waiting out their migration departure, Gerleman removed the nests, as well as the insects and parasites left behind. He then put in special, non-toxic wiring to prevent future squatting, paying $3,000 to comply with US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) regulations.

Despite being the most abundant swallow species in the world, barn swallows have been protected since 1918 by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Why does the federal government regulate a species that the FWS considers a “common nesting bird” at the state-level? We could not tell you. Hopefully our friends don’t find a new home in your AC unit this nesting season, or you could be in for a long, hot summer with these feathered free-loaders.

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