A Snapshot of Kentucky Regulation in 2015

Federal regulation tends to attract the most headlines. But it is important to remember that the 100 million words and over 1 million restrictions in the CFR are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the true scope of regulation in the United States. States like Kentucky write millions of additional words of regulation and hundreds of thousands of additional restrictions. These state-level requirements carry the force of law to restrict individuals and businesses just as much as federal ones do.

Researchers are only beginning to understand the consequences of the massive and growing federal regulatory system in the United States. Meanwhile, the effects of state regulation remain largely unknown. If the snapshot of Kentucky regulation in 2015 is a good indicator, then the states are also active regulators, suggesting the true impact of regulation on society is far greater than that of federal regulation alone.

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