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Carolina Journal: Governor changes regulations during Florence; are they needed during normal times?

From Carolina Journal’s Dan Way:

Gov. Roy Cooper issued several executive orders waiving enforcement of transportation-related regulations to help the agriculture industry prepare for Hurricane Florence. If the rules can be suspended temporarily, why impose them permanently?

One reason is that states must obey federal Environmental Protection Agency regulations dealing with pollution. But after the natural disaster unfolding across North Carolina passes, when possible state officials should make sure regulations affecting daily activities mesh with the best interests of the state and its residents.

That’s the view of Jon Sanders, director of regulatory studies at the John Locke Foundation. “The economic impacts of lifting these restrictions should give state regulators interest into seeing how many of them are really necessary, and if the state’s interests could be better served by relaxing some of them,” Sanders said.

Interested in what regulations were relaxed? Read about them in the full article here.

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