Idaho and Colorado Lead in Smart Regulation—Other States Should Catch Up
The New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control recently started enforcing rules limiting the number of events breweries can hold per year. Meanwhile, owners of these breweries warn that these events are crucial to their business models and the regulations will cause severe financial harm.
While regulatory policy isn’t typically the most exciting dinner table topic, mundane regulations hinder workers and small business owners across America. And while the regulatory juggernaut in Washington, D.C. gets all the attention, regulations have grown to unprecedented levels in the states.
Of course, some regulations are needed for a safe, functioning, and well-run society. But state agencies have made it abundantly clear: They need to be kept in check. States need to act now to constrain the regulatory webs their own agencies are spinning. Cost-benefit analysis and regulatory sunsets offer solutions.