Research Notes

Research Note: The Texas Example

Research Note: The Texas Example

As previously discussed, economic statements are crucial for quantifying the impact of regulations and ensuring that state agencies thoroughly evaluate all options and understand the downsides before regulating the state’s economy. Furthermore, these reports should be independently reviewed to verify the legitimacy of the agencies’ findings. Texas, unsurprisingly, hits all the positive marks for impact...

By Stephen Trainer

Research Note: Utah’s Regulatory Sandbox

Research Note: Utah’s Regulatory Sandbox

Editor’s Note: As the 5th of 7 planned research notes by our summer intern, Stephen Trainer, this post discusses the concept of regulatory sandboxes. The Platte Institute has supported several regulatory sandbox efforts, including a comprehensive one (which would cover multiple industries) and the most recent one (LB587 in 2023/24), which provides for an “insuretech...

By Stephen Trainer

Research Note: Regulatory Experiments–Idaho, Virginia

Research Note: Regulatory Experiments–Idaho, Virginia

A few states outside the midwest provide promising templates for regulatory reform and modernization, a pressing issue for Nebraska. Idaho and Virginia notably embarked on a mission to unshackle citizens from a growing administrative state, as discussed by a Mercatus Study in 2019. Six years ago, Virginia passed the Regulatory Reform Pilot Program that tasked...

By Stephen Trainer

Research note: a case study of success of the REINS act in state regulatory reform

Research note: a case study of success of the REINS act in state regulatory reform

First introduced in 2009 and subsequently passed by the US House of Representatives in 2023, the REINS Act, formally known as the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act, represents a legislative endeavor to augment Congressional oversight concerning federal regulations with substantial economic ramifications. Specifically, it aims to empower Congress to assert greater...

By Stephen Trainer

Research Note: Regulations in Nebraska and Iowa

Research Note: Regulations in Nebraska and Iowa

Note: This Research Note is the first in a planned series of notes by Platte’s summer interns.  Despite sharing a border, Iowa and Nebraska diverge on many legislative topics, especially the regulatory review process. Iowa has been noted to have “one of the best-designed review structures in the country,” according to the Institute for Policy...

By Stephen Trainer