Tag Archive: Government regulation

  • Polar Vortex Highlights Grid Reliability Concerns

    | October 10, 2014 | Add a comment

    One of the chief concerns about the EPA’s recently proposed Clean Power Plan is the effect that the regulation would have on electric grid reliability. We’ve written before about the roughly 50 gigawatts of installed baseload capacity that the EPA itself acknowledges will be retired by 2020 directly as a … »

  • EPA Proposed Regulation Would Significantly Hurt Access to Electricity

    | September 11, 2014 | 1 Comment

    When talking about energy and environmental policy, it is a bit troublesome to watch just how recklessly big-government environmentalists unfairly and erroneously accuse individuals and organizations of the pro-free market persuasion of being “climate deniers.” Instead of engaging in thoughtful, substantive discussion, many of these environmental activists oftentimes resort to … »

  • A Number That Does Not Compute – 706: FCC Preemption Will Cost Taxpayers Millions

    | September 11, 2014 | Add a comment

    ALEC commends former FCC Commissioner and Tennessee regulatory official Deborah Taylor Tate for her principled and reasoned criticisms of current proposals to federally preempting state laws restricting muni broadband networks. The following appeared at the Free State Foundation Blog on September 4, 2014. Most Americans probably do not associate anything … »

  • States Can Promote Next-Generation Wireless by Removing Regulatory Barriers

    | April 3, 2014 | Add a comment

    By: Seth L. Cooper State lawmakers should enact policies they believe to be sound, expedient and consistent with current federal law. Good state policymaking should not get sidetracked by speculations about future federal agency actions, as in the case with the FCC and cell tower sitings. Federal law and regulations … »

  • Arizona says “Neigh” to Small Businesses

    | March 14, 2014 | 1 Comment

    By Audrey Williams If two ride a horse, one must ride behind. But, when the riders are government and small businesses, it’s always the latter who should ride front. Celeste Kelly, Grace Granatelli and Stacey Kollman discovered a profitable niche in the animal therapy market when they found they could … »

  • Rain Tax Fines Drench Maryland’s Carroll County

    | November 12, 2013 | 1 Comment

    Maryland’s Carroll County recently received a letter from Assistant Attorney General Paul DeSantis, threatening to fine the county $10,000 for each day that it does not enact a storm water remediation fee, also known as a “Rain Tax.” The infamous Rain Tax bill came as a response to the Environmental … »

  • New Report Explains How Big Government Makes a Criminal of Us All

    | November 7, 2013 | Add a comment

    By: Theresa Boyd An Oregon landowner spent a month in jail and received a $1500 fine for collecting rainwater on his property. A Kentucky couple, who had all the necessary permits to run their caviar business, was sentenced to three years probation and a $5,000 fine for setting their net … »

  • The EPA’s Assault on State Sovereignty Part I

    and | June 26, 2013 | 2 Comments

    Well timed with the President’s climate change agenda announcement, the American Legislative Exchange Council just released a report which sheds light on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ongoing usurpation of regulatory control from the states.  Titled The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Assault on State Sovereignty, the report highlights the … »

  • Federal Court to Hear Oklahoma Attorney General’s Challenge to IRS Health Rule

    | June 18, 2013 | Add a comment

    With Internal Revenue Service (IRS) controversies continuing to make headlines, the agency faces a lesser known, but critical test in the days to come. On Thursday, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma will hear the federal government’s motion to dismiss Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s legal challenge … »

  • Constitutionality of Renewable Energy Mandates in Question

    and | June 17, 2013 | 2 Comments

    With a potentially striking blow to renewable mandate advocates, a recent federal court ruling calls into question the constitutionality of key components of many states’ renewable energy mandates. On Friday, June 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) against the state of Michigan … »