C. Jarrett Dieterle

R Street Institute comment on DC daycare college requirement

Comment Regarding the Office of the State Superintendent of Education’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking amended 5-A DCMR Chapter 1 to extend the deadline for staff members to comply …

D.C. remains mired on the wrong side of goat-loving history

The following op-ed was co-authored by R Street Policy Analyst Shoshana Weissmann. DC Brau Brewing Co. announced last month that it would host a baby goat yoga class in December. Yes, you …

Congress helped create the CFPB’s leadership crisis. It can fix it.

Over the past few days, the D.C. news cycle has been dominated by the palace intrigue over who should be properly recognized as acting director of the Consumer …

The whiskey making was hard, but the government was easy

George Washington's rebuilt distillery at Mount Vernon recently celebrated its 10th anniversary with a team of master distillers from around the country producing a commemorative rye whiskey using the old-fashioned …

A new development involving the Congressional Review Act

A debate has broken out in the regulatory-reform community this past year over how properly to construe the reach of the Congressional Review Act. Traditionally, most observers have …

The Library of Virginia’s ‘Teetotalers and Moonshiners’ exhibit

R Street's DrinksReform.org team recently made a trip to Richmond, Virginia, to visit the Library of Virginia's "Teetotalers & Moonshiners" exhibit. Given Virginia's rich history with moonshine, Richmond is an …

Congress uses the Congressional Review Act to abolish another regulation

During the early months of the Trump administration, Congress and the president made unprecedented use of the Congressional Review Act to repeal regulations. The CRA, which was enacted …

How the PLCB enacts stealth taxes on Pennsylvanians with price markups

Pennsylvanians are used to buying their pinots and bourbons from state-run Fine Wine and Good Spirits stores, but most are probably unaware that the Keystone State is also …

EPA’s decision to clamp down on ‘sue and settle’ tactics is a good start

After months of speculation, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt checked off another item on the Trump administration’s deregulatory agenda with a recent directive to EPA staff limiting the agency’s ability to enter …

Moonshine makes a comeback in Virginia. And this time, it’s legal

In 1620, the Rev. George Thorpe sent a letter from a plantation near Jamestown, Va., to England describing a "good drinke of Indian corne" that he and his fellow colonists …

How states use liquor markups to hide the bill from taxpayers

In states that hold a monopoly on the sale of spirits, liquor prices usually are set by a formula that includes at least one of three different components: …

Rep. John Ratcliffe on the Separation of Powers Restoration Act

Earlier this year, Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, introduced the Separation of Powers Restoration Act. Unlike some bills, the act’s title precisely encapsulates its purpose: restoring the power disparity in …

The Last Frontier: The Online Economy And Alcohol

Alcohol chain retailer Total Wine & More recently announced a partnership with the app Minibar Delivery to launch an on-demand booze delivery system in Arlington, Virginia. The service, which includes …

Testimony: Occupational Licensing: Regulation and Competition

Written Testimony of Jarrett Dieterle, Governance Project Fellow and Shoshana Weissmann, Policy Analyst R Street Institute  U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law "Occupational Licensing: Regulation …

Home brewing is legal, and home distilling should be too

In the aftermath of its failure to pass a health-care overhaul, Congress appears poised to turn to tax reform. While income and corporate tax rates will likely garner …

Presidential signing statements are declining, but why?

The following post was co-authored by Megha Bhattacharya, outreach and communications policy research assistant at the R Street Institute. Earlier this month, President Donald Trump signed into law …

Rep. Meadows introduces bill to lock in regulatory budgeting

Those who champion slowing the growth of the regulatory state earned a victory earlier this year with President Donald Trump’s “two-out-one-in” executive order, requiring federal agencies to eliminate …

The limits of executive orders in environmental deregulation

The attached policy short was co-authored by R Street Associate Fellow Catrina Rorke.  President Donald Trump has placed a strong emphasis on overhauling the sprawling regulatory state. Both he …

Mulvaney is right to call for more money for OMB

President Donald Trump’s fiscal year 2018 budget proposal includes significant cuts across numerous government agencies and programs, but it calls for an increase in funding for the White House Office of Management and …

CFPB’s recent rule shows everything that’s wrong with Washington

The following op-ed was co-authored by Rafael A. Mangual, who manages legal policy projects at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau earlier this month finalized …

Alabama backs down on targeting margarita pitchers

In these hot summer months, nothing refreshes like a margarita. But in Alabama, the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board had banned pitchers of this limey and refreshing libation. Seriously. R …

Flying Dog loves the ‘F’ word

“You can say f— in front of the CEO and it’s not a big deal,” says Flying Dog CEO Jim Caruso. In fact, as unbelievable as it might …

From toll roads to toll rivers

Much of the news coverage stemming from the White House’s recent “infrastructure week,” an effort to push for a $1 trillion infrastructure package, focused on hot-button topics like …

Indiana doubles down on warm beer

Indiana lawmakers recently announced that they plan to study the state’s outdated alcohol laws this summer with an eye toward reforming them for the 21st century. While this …

Could economic liberty litigation ‘free the booze?’

The attached policy study originated as a three-part blog post series for the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy. The South Carolina Supreme Court recently struck down a …

How Congress became colonized by the imperial presidency

Ever since Arthur Schlesinger’s 1973 book coined the phrase, the so-called "imperial presidency" has been a perennial topic of our national political discourse. At a time when the …

How congressional power became separate, but unequal

Recent polling shows that Americans are increasingly turned off by the rancor and high-stakes nature of our recent presidential elections. But don't expect contests for the presidency to …

The effort to undo Obama regulations is ending with a whimper

Wednesday seemed to offer a somewhat dispiriting conclusion to what had been a hopeful period for regulatory-reform advocates. Senate Republicans were unable to muster the 51 votes needed …

Credit Where It’s Due: D.C.’s forward-looking liquor laws

For those outside the Beltway, Washington is often a punchline for bloated and dysfunctional government. In fact, cynicism toward the nation’s capital often feels like one of the …

Three years in, what does the DATA Act tell us about agency spending?

Trying to figure out exactly how much money the federal government spends long has been an exercise in futility for those few brave souls who endeavor to try …

Applying heightened scrutiny to protectionist alcohol laws

While protectionist alcohol laws might appear to be nothing more than garden variety restrictions on economic liberty, the role of Prohibition and its subsequent repeal add an additional …

North Carolina’s beer pong battle

A legislative battle currently is brewing that could determine whether North Carolina beer-makers will still be able to sell and market their own beer. The result could have …

‘Anything goes’ rational basis versus rational basis ‘with bite’

The fight over how to treat economic liberty under the Constitution has been as lengthy as it has been acrimonious. Under current constitutional jurisprudence, certain types of recognized …

Could economic liberty litigation free the booze?

The South Carolina Supreme Court recently struck down a state law limiting how many liquor retail outlets an individual or business could own within the Palmetto State. According to …

Let all S.C. liquor stores compete on the same level

Until very recently, South Carolina liquor store owners were only allowed to operate up to three retail outlets in the Palmetto State. The decades-old cap was struck down …

Beer industry on the brink

“You’re probably going to get fat.” These were some of the many words of warning handed out by Liquid Mechanics CEO Davin Helden during his talk on what it …

Executive orders alone can’t create sustainable deregulatory change

Both during the election campaign and over the first 100 days of his administration, President Trump has declared his commitment to deregulation. Dubbed the “most aggressive campaign against government regulation …

Regulatory reform in the 114th and 115th Congresses

The election of Donald Trump presents what some see as the potential for a sea change in the American regulatory state, given the emphasis that candidate Trump put …

Citation nation

In April 2013, when California resident Derick Neal rolled through a red light, it was no surprise that he received a ticket. What did surprise Neal was how …

Raising alcohol taxes is a bad bet for West Virginia

In the budget proposal, Gov. Jim Justice proposes expanding revenues for the state’s coffers by raising both beer taxes and the markup on distilled spirits. The same markup …

Budgetary ‘kill lists’ are a good way to kill wasteful spending

Groups across the ideological spectrum have raised alarm about President Donald Trump’s recently unveiled budget blueprint that, as detailed last week by The Washington Post, targets numerous federal programs for elimination. While …

Whither the conference committee?

The following post was co-authored by Adam Chan, a former Institute of Politics summer research assistant at the R Street Institute. Hong Min Park, Steven S. Smith and Ryan J. Vander Wielen recently presented …

Appalachia ain’t just moonshine anymore

It’s not often one can take several weeks off, pile into a car, and hit the open road without any significant responsibilities piling up (or email inboxes overflowing). …

Promoting transparency and stakeholder engagement in an era of complex government

It is a well-known tenet of democracy that citizens must have access to information about the government’s activities, as well as the means by which to interact with …

So many drinks laws: An interview with food policy expert Baylen Linnekin

In his recent book, Biting the Hands That Feed Us (Island Press, 2016), food-policy scholar Baylen Linnekin exposes many of America’s nightmare food laws. From the so-called “cheese …

Fighting for booze equality on ‘Alcohol Alley’

On paper, Silverback Distillery in rural Afton, Virginia, should be considered an All-American success story. The husband-and-wife team of Denver and Christine Riggleman opened Silverback in 2014. Denver …

Gorsuch v. Overcriminalization

Much of the media attention to date surrounding President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch has centered on the judge’s views of originalism, separation of powers, administrative law, …

Lessons from the godfather of regulatory budgeting

Most of the attention around President Donald Trump's recent deregulation executive order focused on its “one in, two out” requirement mandating that agencies repeal two regulations for every …

Should we have a long-term budget for entitlements?

Federal law treats Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other entitlements as “mandatory” spending programs, which means they are not subject to the annual appropriations process like the rest …

Transportation regulators are determined to stretch their powers to the limit

Since 2008, the freight-railroad industry has contested an effort by two federal regulators to rebalance the relationship between freight-rail operators and Amtrak. The issue is one of control …

Make Congress work (Saturdays) again

Amid partisan battles over President Donald Trump's cabinet nominees, Republican congressional leaders are threatening to make members work weekends to get the president's confirmations finalized. While these threats …

Republicans could have a regulatory ‘game changer’ on their hands

Last week, the House and Senate voted to repeal one of the last regulations the Obama administration enacted on its way out the door. The regulation, known as …

Five big questions about Trump’s executive order on regulation

The following op-ed was co-authored by R Street Governance Project Director Kevin Kosar. On Monday, the Trump administration made its first big move against overregulation, issuing an executive order requiring agencies …

Why process matters in congressional appropriations

As recent legislative sessions repeatedly have ground to a halt with threats of government shutdown, we’re forced to wonder: what has gone so terribly wrong in the appropriations …

Welcome to Virginia, where the whiskey’s strong and the government’s stronger

Craft distilling may be undergoing a renaissance, but in the shadow of George Washington’s Mount Vernon (home to one of the nation’s first distilleries), you can barely get …

Virginia’s infamous food-beverage ratio prioritizes cronyism over consumers

Virginia may be for lovers, but the state's draconian liquor laws make nights out on the town not so lovely. The commonwealth is home to some of America's worst …

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