Trump cuts down on government regulations

By |  January 31, 2017
Photo credit: Gage Skidmore via / CC BY-SA

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore via / CC BY-SA

President Donald Trump signed an executive order requiring federal agencies to cut two existing regulations for each new regulation introduced.

The executive order states that prior regulations must be identified for elimination when a new rule is put forward, according to the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (NSSGA). The order also indicates that costs associated with new regulations cannot increase.

The White House’s freeze on regulations will remain as this executive order establishes a process for future regulations, according to a Fox News report. Trump also hopes to eliminate 75 percent of government regulations and told agencies that the total cost of new regulations should be “no greater than zero” in 2017.

NSSGA President and CEO Mike Johnson welcomed this move by the president.

“What this order does is create order in the rulemaking process,” Johnson says. “The proposal to eliminate two rules for each new one will go a long way toward rolling back the regulatory overreach of the last eight years.

“This will be welcome relief for aggregates producers,” he adds. “Easing the regulatory burdens on aggregates operations allows our industry to produce the construction materials needed to improve our infrastructure, economy and communities.”

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