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Regulatory Rules Have Declined 32 Percent Under Trump

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As of Sept. 30, 2017 the Federal Register for this year totaled 45,678 pages. That reflects a 32 percent decline from the comparable time frame during President Barack Obama’s final year in office. (Last year’s total through September was 67,900 pages.)

The Federal Register is a daily government publication listing proposed and finalized rules and regulations. It has often been used as a rough measure for the extent of regulatory activity. Ballotpedia is tracking the updates on a weekly basis as part of a larger study on the Administrative state.

The Trump administration has implemented 2,183 new rules so far in 2017. That’s down from the 2,686 rules implemented by the Obama administration in the first nine months of 2016.[1] Some of the Trump administration rules eliminated rules from the Obama administration, so the actual gap in new rules may be even larger.

The government classifies regulations that have more than $100 million of impact as "significant rules." The Trump administration has issued 116 such rules compared with 274 by the Obama administration in the first nine months of 2016. The current administration also has far fewer proposed rules in the pipeline.[1]

An earlier Number of the Day noted that eight years of Obama administration regulations added an annual cost to the economy of $122 billion.

However, the number and impact of federal regulations have been growing since the 1970s. There are currently 283,996 employees at federal regulatory agencies. Those agencies now have a budget of $70 billion annually. After adjusting for inflation, regulatory spending is nine times as high today as it was in 1970.

Footnotes:

  1. Competitive Enterprise Institute, "Red Tape Rollback: Trump Least-Regulatory President Since Reagan," October 1, 2017

Each weekday, Scott Rasmussen’s Number of the Day explores interesting and newsworthy topics at the intersection of culture, politics, and technology. Columns published on Ballotpedia reflect the views of the author.

Scott Rasmussen is a Senior Fellow for the Study of Self-Governance at the King’s College in New York and an Editor-At-Large for Ballotpedia, the Encyclopedia of American Politics. His most recent book, "Politics Has Failed: America Will Not," was published by the Sutherland Institute in May.To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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