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Managing the Regulatory Thicket


Dan’s Hamburgers owner, Katie Congdon, says government regulations are so prohibitive that she’ll “Never, Never, Never” build another restaurant in Austin, Texas, so long as she lives.

Hers is one of the many infuriating accounts in a new report from the Federalist Society Regulatory Transparency Project, co-authored by Anastasia Boden (along with our friends from the Cato Institute, the Institute for Justice, NFIB, The Heritage Foundation, the Goldwater Institute, the Beacon Center of Tennessee, and Nevada’s Solicitor General).

The report explains how, when lumped with others, even the most justified individual rules can create a regulatory thicket that’s impossible for small businesses to navigate—or afford. This great read makes it clear why so many of today’s entrepreneurs say, “If I knew what I know now, I’d never have gone into business.”

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