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Charts and Appendices - Ten Thousand Commandments


Figure 1: Annual Cost of Federal Regulation 
Figure 2: Off-Budget Estimate Regulatory Compliance Costs Compared with Federal Spending 
Figure 3: Regulatory Costs Compared with Individual Income Taxes, Corporate Income Taxes, and Corporate Pretax Profits
Figure 4: U.S. Regulatory Costs Compared with Mexico's and Canada's Gross Domestic Product 
Figure 5: Household Budget Consumed by Regulatory "Hidden Tax"  
Figure 6: Agency Enforcement Budgets 
Figure 7: Number of Federal Register Pages 
Figure 8: Federal Register Pages Devoted to Final Rules  
Figure 9: New Federal Register Pages Per Decade 
Figure 10: Number of Rules Published in the Federal Register (Proposed and Final) 
Figure 11: Cumulative Final Rules Published in the Federal Register 
Figure 12: Code of Federal Regulations, Total Pages 
Figure 13: Total Agency Rules in the Unified Agenda Pipeline 
Figure 14: "Economically Significant" Rules in the Agenda Pipeline 
Figure 15: Number of Completed "Economically Significant" Rules in the Unified Agenda 
Figure 16: Rules Affecting Small Business
Figure 17: Rules Affecting State and Local Governments
Figure 18: Number of EPA Rules in the Unified Agenda and Federal Register
Figure 19: Number of FCC Rules in the Unified Agenda and Federal Register
Figure 20: The Unconstitutionality Index: Rules as Multiples of Public Laws Enacted

Table 1:  The Regulatory State - Overview
Table 2: Per-Employee Regulatory Costs Higher for Small Firms
Table 3:  Unified Agenda Entries by Department and Agency
Table 4: Top Rule-Producing Departments and Agencies 
Table 5: Rules in the Pipeline Expected to have $100 Million Economic Impact
Table 6: Unified Agenda Entries Affecting Small Business by Department, Agency and Commission, Year-End
Table 7: Government Accountability Office Reports on Major Rules
Table 8: Possible Breakdown of "Economically Significant" Rules 


Part F: Listing of "Economically Significant" Rules, Current Year

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"The indispensable Wayne Crews of the Competitive Enterprise Institute."
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"As the Competitive Enterprise Institute's Clyde Wayne Crews shows in his invaluable annual survey of the federal regulatory state, we have become the regulation nation almost imperceptibly."

"This is important work because politicians and the media treat regulation as a largely cost-free public good. Mr. Crews knows better."
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"...As you can see, Ten Thousand Commandments is well worth perusing by anyone concerned with the regulatory state and the implications of these rules for citizens and constituents."
--Sen. Rand Paul

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“Clyde Wayne Crews of the Competitive Enterprise Institute concludes regulatory costs are out of control. He’s right.”
--The Regulatory Hydra
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"[The] Competitive Enterprise Institute's Ten Thousand Commandments: An Annual Snapshot of the Federal Regulatory State shows how the American people suffer when Congress delegates it constitutional power to create laws to unelected federal bureaucrats."
--Ron Paul

"Wayne Crews of the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Alexis de Tocqueville, author of the classic Democracy in America, were born in different times and places. But the French aristocrat and American think tanker have the measure of the federal behemoth in the age of Obama. Writing in 1835, Tocqueville eloquently predicted how it would function, while Crews today supplies in his annual compilation of federal rules and regulations, “10,000 Commandments,” the hard numbers that describe the behemoth's contemporary reach and costs."