The REGULATION State

Connecticut is no longer the Constitution State if you ask the freedom-loving Yankee Institute for Public Policy.

In an article written for YIPP, Yale senior Bernard Stamford commented on how the state’s massive regulations “are 10 times longer” than the book War and Peace by Tolstoy.

“The tax code clocks in as the single longest title, at 1,026 pages, it’s so complex that even the examples included for clarity would make most people’s eyes glaze over,” Stamford said.

Businesses and individuals it seems have to go through exemptions, deductions, and credits for everything from traffic reduction plans to animation even blood plasma.

“My favorite gem of the whole thing is the part concerning non-competition covenants, where a person is paid to agree to not perform a service. In order to comply with the tax code, it must then be determined what portion of the service not done, was not done in Connecticut,” he said.

Sometimes it’s impossible to know what the meaning of is..is.  There is a supposed fine line Stamford points out between pool cleaners and maintainers, and pool repairers.

“The former can unclog mechanical filter systems; they just can’t fix them,” Stamford said.

There were also things that were repealed.

“Often, the repealed elements were especially egregious overregulation, like requiring strict license requirements for hairdressers, or restricting the hours women could work in bowling alleys,” he said.

Stamford then urged people to look at the regulations for themselves.  He promises it’s not as hard as Chinese history, which he studies at Yale.

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