The Relief Report®

A newsletter covering regulatory reform efforts in Washington and accross America, published by The National Center for Public Policy Research, 300 Eye St., NE #3, Washington, DC 20002, 202/543/1286, Fax 202/543/4779, E-Mail [email protected], Web

Issue #49 * December 17, 1996 * David A. Ridenour, Editor

Prognosis '97 -- What lies ahead

Regulations to Cost $2,600 for Every Man,
Woman and Child in America in 1997.

The direct cost of complying with federal regulations will be an estimated $688 billion in 1997 -- equal to almost $2,600 for every man, woman and child in the country -- according to "Regulatory Costs in Profile," a study conducted earlier this year by T.D. Hopkins for the Center for the Study of American Business (St. Louis, MO). By contrast, regulations cost $642 per year when President Clinton took office and $549 billion in 1988, President Reagan's last year in office. To add insult to injury, taxpayers will be forced to pay some $12.4 billion (in constant 1987 dollars) of their taxes to fund the federal government's regulatory activities. In 1988, these expenditures totalled $9.562 billion (1987 dollars) -- a 30% rise in less than a decade. By the end of President Clinton's second term, regulation compliance costs are expected to reach $721 billion, a 12% rise over eight years. Perhaps this is what the Clinton Administration meant by the term "Reinventing Government." [A graph is included in the newsletter, showing the cost of regulation from 1977 to 1997. It indicates regulatory costs to be at approximately $650 billion in 1977, followed by a decrease in cost to $300 billion, and a resurgence to nearly $700 billion in 1997.] Source: "Regulatory Costs in Profile," by T.D. Hopkins, Center for the Study of American Business, 1996 and the 1997 Federal Budget.

Victim's Corner -- Stories of
personal tragedy or government folly.

Father Could Face Jail Time for Protecting Son.

Arkansas father Tom Holloway could face prison time for protecting his son. Holloway lives in a neighborhood that has a covenant requiring property owners to keep their grass and weeds cut to within six inches of the ground surface. The covenant even allows owners to cut the grass of their more slovenly neighbors -- and charge them -- should they fail to observe this rule. So when Holloway's son was bitten by a copperhead snake that came from adjoining property that had become overgrown with vegetation, he believed he was within his rights to cut his neighbor's grass. There was just one problem: His neighbor was the federal government. Holloway now faces a possible sentence of a year in jail and a $5,000 fine for "unauthorized modification of vegetation cover on federal lands."

More regulatory victim stories like this one are included in the National Directory of Environmental and Regulatory Victims available for $12 from The National Center for Public Policy Research (202) 507-6398 or [email protected]

Bulletin Board -- News from
regulatory relief groups

Climate Scientists Call Global Climate
Treaty Prescriptions "Ill-Advised."

Some 75 climate scientists from all over the world have signed a statement -- the Leipzig Declaration -- calling carbon taxes and other drastic measures intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions "ill-advised, premature, wrought with economic danger and likely to be counter-productive." The declaration is an outgrowth of the International Symposium on the Greenhouse Controversy sponsored by the Prime Minister of the State of Saxony in Leipzig, Germany in November 1995. For copies of the declaration, contact Bob Adams of The National Center for Public Policy Research at (202) 507-6398. For more information on the declaration, media may contact Dr. S. Fred Singer at the Science and Environmental Policy Project at 703/934-6940.

New Book Helps Parents Fight Back Against
Environmental Mis-Education.

Jane Shaw of the Political Economy Research Center (PERC) and Michael Sanera of the Claremont Institute's Center for Environmental Education Research have written a guidebook, Facts Not Fear: A Parent's Guide to Teaching Children About the Environment, intended to help parents counter the environmental extremism students are force fed in public schools. For more information, media may contact PERC at 406/586-7555. To order copies, contact Regnery Gateway Publishing at 202/546-5005.

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