Author: Daniel Himebaugh
Washington Governor Christine Gregoire recently issued an executive order instructing state agencies to suspend non-critical rulemaking activities until January 1, 2012. Chief among her reasons for the order: Businesses need a break from new regulation during the current economic recession.
The ban on new rules is subject to some broad exceptions. Nevertheless, the governor's order is significant from a philosophical standpoint. That is, the state now officially recognizes that new regulations are likely to do more harm than good.
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