Power to the people, but it will cost you.
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Some Texans are receiving eye-popping electric bills after power providers passed on volatile costs to some of their customers – legally.
If anything, the standards are becoming easier, rather than harder, to apply.
High-efficiency showerheads save water and energy.
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The Trump administration is rolling back a regulation that requires showerheads to conserve water, which saved owners an average of US$70 and nearly 3,000 gallons of water yearly per showerhead.
Wherever it can, the government is using automatic means to get money out of the door. It can keep doing it for as long as needed.
Global forces affect corruption, too.
One of the more visible impacts of the shutdown is garbage piling up in parks.
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The shutdown is highlighting the crucial role government plays in the lives of citizens and businesses, offering a reminder of its fundamental value to the economy.
Cutting red tape is a high priority, but the execution hasn’t always led to results.
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A review of Trump's stated war on regulations doesn't find many successful repeals. But it is hurting regulatory enforcement in quieter ways.
SAP CEO Bill McDermott and Siemens chief Joe Kaeser flank Trump as they praise him for his tax cut.
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The billionaires, business leaders and other elites who gathered in Davos praised the president's policies, yet research on the politics of economic growth suggests it's too soon to celebrate.
EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt is an unabashed ally of the fossil fuels – industry his agency is supposed to regulate.
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The Trump administration is committed to deregulating industry, as it's done with the EPA Clean Power Plan. But a historian shows how regulations have actually benefited both industry and consumers.
Decreased regulation has failed to reduce the growing administrative burden of health care.
GOP lawmakers say their bills to replace the Affordable Care Act would do a better job than the ACA of controlling rising health care costs, but 40 years of deregulation show it just won't work.
Picking apart a tragic story.
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Perhaps there might at least now be a pause on further deregulation when it comes to buildings in the UK
Surprisingly, the places with the most competition have seen some of the biggest price rises.
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Electricity retailers need to make their prices and offers more transparent and easier for customers to understand, or risk having to submit to price regulation to drive down bills.
Deregulating TAFE would have serious impacts for the labour market.
The risks posed by deregulating the vocational education and training sector have serious impacts for large sections of the labour market.
The entry into the market of new media and new players hasn’t altered the value of local content for people in regional and rural Australia.
Some of the bush tales about regional news that are circulating in the ongoing debate about media reform need to be debunked.
Australia’s gas market is entering a time of change: increasing supply, such as coal seam gas, can provide certainty.
Australia's "looming gas shortage" - the basis for calls to deregulate coal seam gas - may not be real after all. But gas prices are still set to rise, and that's an area where coal seam gas could help.
Josh Frydenberg, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, wants policymakers to see regulation in a new light.
The Australian government’s target of A$1 billion of red-tape savings for the year is now in sight ($700 million up to March 2014 and a claimed $300 million from the carbon tax repeal plus Future of Financial…
Repeal Day: liberating business, or pure politics?
Repeal day – a political stunt copied from David Cameron’s government in the UK – will go ahead in Australia this Wednesday. The very fact the government plans to repeal some 10,000 regulations suggests…
Red tape is just the start of Australia’s workers compensation problems.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s “biggest bonfire of regulation in our country’s history” will allow some organisations to opt out of state compensation schemes and instead operate under the Commonwealth’s…
Prime minister Tony Abbott said too many unnecessary regulations were costing businesses and hurting productivity.
Prime minister Tony Abbott said his government would create “the biggest bonfire of regulations in our country’s history…
Workers with skills and motivation perform at a higher level, regardless of workplace reform.
Arguments for reform of workplace relations never go away. The central claim made by numerous commentators is that reform aimed at “freeing up” the labour market and workplaces is the key to improving…