Category Archives: Fiscal Impact

Regulatory Review Report Card and Recommendations

The Institute for Policy Integrity at the New York University School of Law has released a 459-page report entitled 52 Experiments with Regulatory Review:  The Political and Economic Inputs into State Rulemakings.  The report, authored by Jason A Schwartz, recognizes the impact of government regulation on the economy and argues that “systems of economic analysis and regulatory review are needed so that the costs and benefits of action are properly weighted.”

In describing the report, the web site at the Institute for Policy Integrity says,

Nearly twenty percent of the American economy is regulated by state governments.  But there are major concerns about how regulatory decisions are made.  Although states routinely regulate industries whose economic footprints climb into the hundreds of millions of dollars, these rules are often made ad hoc, risking inefficient results that limit public benefit.

After more than a year of research, surveys, and analysis, Policy Integrity is the first to compile the regulatory practices of all fifty states (plus D.C. and Puerto Rico) in one document.  Comparing each set of laws and guidelines on paper to direct feedback from leaders on the ground, the report assigns states a grade based on an evaluation of the quality of their review process.   The results of “52 Experiments with Regulatory Review,” which finds significant flaws with state level regulatory review, indicate that billions of dollars and important environmental and public health protections are at risk.  States earned an average grade of “D+” with the lowest possible grade being a “D-.”

The full report is available from the Institute for Policy Integrity at


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State Regulatory Flexibility Best Practices Conference

On Wednesday, March 28, 2007, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Office of Advocacy, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and the Public Forum Institute are sponsoring a conference entitled “Building a Better Small Business Climate: State Regulatory Flexibility Best Practices”. The conference is being held in Kansas City, MO. An e-mail describing the conference states:

The purpose of this conference is to bring together the small business community, state legislators, and state government agencies to explore and share state tools and methodologies developed to successfully implement state regulatory flexibility laws. A guide consisting of state best practices will be distributed to conference attendees.

Information about the conference is available at

UPDATE:  Participation is by invitation only.  Space is limited.  For questions, please contact Dawn Crockett at or (202) 619-2310.

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