Short films offering insights into how various regulatory policies impact the lives of Americans.

Regulation and Red Tape: TARP: Examining the 2008 Bank Rescue Plan

March 26, 2024

The success of TARP is still debated today by experts on both sides of the issue. Did TARP save the economy, or was it an excessive government intervention?

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Courthouse Steps Oral Argument: Murthy v. Missouri

March 15, 2024

Murthy v. Missouri, originally filed as Missouri v. Biden, concerns whether federal government officials had violated the First Amendment by…

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A New Dawn of Workplace Regulation: The Gig Economy

January 30, 2024

This documentary explores the historical evolution of worker classification, tracking the changes in the DOL’s rules during both the Trump and Biden administrations and examining different actions at the state level.

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Regulation and Red Tape: Tax Inversions: Unpacking the Pfizer Case

November 3, 2023

In episode four of the “Regulation and Red Tape ” series, experts provide an exposition of corporate tax inversions, spotlighting Pfizer’s case, and raise pivotal questions concerning the balance of powers when time-sensitive policy matters are at stake.

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Regulation and Red Tape: Boucher v. USDA: Navigating the Swampbuster Provisions

September 29, 2023

Have you ever received a notice from the government that you violated a rule that you didn’t know about?

In the 1990’s, the Boucher family removed nine trees from their property as an attempt to mitigate the buildup of trash and dumping on their land. This action triggered a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) investigation suspecting environmental damage. Consequently, the Bouchers lost eligibility for USDA benefits, including “Swampbuster” provisions. In Boucher vs. USDA, the government grapples with balancing natural resource protection and individual liberties. This case underscores the long and painstaking nature of government processes, emphasizing the time and diligence often required for justice and good governance.

In the third episode of “Regulation and Red Tape,” experts highlight the broader implications of Boucher vs. USDA and consider the balance between regulatory enforcement and individual rights.

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Regulation and Red Tape: Sackett v. EPA: A Tale of Wetland Regulations

September 15, 2023

At what point can Americans go to court to defend themselves against agency enforcement action?

This crucial question arose for the Sackett family when they embarked on the initial stages of constructing their home near Priest Lake, Idaho. EPA agents arrived on their property and asserted that it was a federally protected wetland. The EPA subsequently issued a compliance order that would subject the Sacketts to a fine of $37,500 a day. What followed was years of legal battles between the Sackett family and the EPA, culminating in two pivotal Supreme Court decisions.

In the second episode of the “Regulation and Red Tape” series, experts delve into the story of the Sackett family, their experience with the EPA, and the due process questions raised by the story.

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Regulation and Red Tape: Mergers, Monopolies, and the FTC

September 1, 2023

Since the 19th century, the United States government has intervened to combat the growth of monopolies in our economy. The…

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Official Trailer: The Regulation and Red Tape Series

August 30, 2023

In this new video series from the Regulatory Transparency Project, leading legal experts will debate some of the most controversial regulatory issues in America today. Moderated by the Hon. Paul J. Ray, “Regulation and Red Tape” will tell true stories of how federal regulatory actions impact the lives of ordinary Americans and the economy they rely on. In watching this series, you will have the opportunity to learn more about how the regulatory process functions, consider how and when regulatory action is necessary, and evaluate the trade-offs involved when the regulatory state acts.

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Bitcoin Cowboys: Will Wyoming Become the Next Crypto Capital?

November 11, 2022

In this Fourth Branch video, regulatory and cryptocurrency experts discuss Wyoming’s unique approach allow it to become the center of this innovative industry and more.

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The Avian Crisis: Investigating the Impact of a Century-Old Treaty

June 23, 2022

Experts examine the current state of the MBTA’s enforcement and debate how policymakers should approach the migratory bird crisis.

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