Regulatory Reform

What Happened to Minimal Regulations?

Local governments wonder why the states preempt them.

Cities across the country have made a push for over regulation when it comes to things like ride sharing, short term housing rentals, plastic bags, occupational licensing and now home cooked food for sale. Is it any wonder states are pushing for preemption over local governments, when they become power-hungry and insert themselves where they do not belong?

The latest assault on innovation and free markets, is playing out in Berkeley California, where 59-year-old grandmother Renee McGhee is attempting to meet a need in her community and has crossed the regulatory line of government control and greed. Renee makes home-cooked meals for other people using an online platform. As a result of her innovation and national recognition, she received a cease-and-desist letter from the health department, because she was not operating a proper eating establishment.

As foodsharing becomes wildly popular, government is once again finding itself operating in a 1970s construct of regulations and refusing to change with the times.

Local governments are proving over and over again that they are antiquated palaces of over regulation and control. Truly innovative cities of the future will adapt with the changing times and encourage entrepreneurship, free-market competition and innovation. Local governments can not put those things in an old box created 30 years ago and expect good results.

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In Depth: Regulatory Reform

In his first inaugural address, Thomas Jefferson said that “the sum of good government” was one “which shall restrain men from injuring one another” and “shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry.” Sadly, governments – both federal and state – have ignored this axiom and…

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