regulatory burdens

Why Pollution Regulations Aren’t Taxes

Opponents of environmental regulations love to call them hidden taxes. But constant repetition doesn’t make this idea true.

If you’ve seen a statement that regulations are hidden taxes, that’s not too surprising.  Googling  “regulation hidden taxes” produces over three million hits.  But in fact, pollution regulations and taxes are completely different. The reason is simple. A tax removes value  from the private sector.   Environmental regulations simultaneously remove value  from one part of …


Who’s Afraid of Environmental Regulations? (Not Small Businesses)

There has been a lot of chatter about the burden of regulations on small businesses.  It turns out that small business owners do worry about regulations a lot — but not so much environmental regulations.  According to a new survey, what they really care about are licensing and tax regulations. Environmental regulations just don’t matter much.