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Public Comments on Regulatory Review (HUD, MCSAC, FMC, NOAA, Coast Guard)

Many federal agencies are requesting the public’s suggestions for rules to repeal or reform, tacitly implying that most regulations stifle economic growth. In comments to several agencies, we argue that regulatory review should consider the public benefits of regulation, not just the costs to regulated industries, and should prioritize review of rules for which actual costs and benefits diverge significantly from predicted costs and benefits. The agencies for which we filed comments include the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee, the Federal Maritime Commission, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Coast Guard.