The Incredible Growth of the Regulators’ Budget

This working paper by Veronique de Rugy and Melinda Warren addresses the growth in the Budget of the United States used to run federal regulatory agencies.

Like previous years, the budget requested by the president in his FY 2009 Budget of the United States to run federal regulatory agencies and its staff increased significantly. Tracking the expenditures of federal regulatory agencies and the trends in regulatory spending over time helps analysts monitor one aspect of the cost of regulations: the direct cost to regulate the economy and taxpayers’ lives.