C. Jarrett Dieterle

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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