A news release was posted at the Environmental Protection Agency’s website Wednesday, “Tomorrow: White House, EPA, HUD and DOT Officials to Discuss Support for Job Creation and Economic Growth“:
WASHINGTON – White House Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan, and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Ray LaHood will hold a press conference at the National Press Club on Thursday, Oct. 21 at 9:30 a.m. to discuss the Obama Administration’s Partnership for Sustainable Communities initiative and how it will work to support more livable and sustainable communities across the country. Through the initiative, EPA, HUD and DOT are announcing new, coordinated grants to help communities create more housing choices, make transportation more efficient and reliable, reinforce existing investments, and support vibrant and healthy neighborhoods that attract businesses.
The theory being that federal taxpayer dollars distributed to local governments to promote “smart growth” — more dense urban development with taxpayer-funded amenities — creates jobs. The federal responsibility — constitutional and statutory — for planning and development in Wheat Ridge, Colo., and Saginaw, Mich., is unclear, but the EPA considers it worth a press release.
That’s the jobs creation plan. Here’s the jobs destruction plan:
This chart comes from OMB Watch, an advocacy group that supports the expanded regulatory state, in its recent report, “The Obama Approach To Public Protection: Rulemaking.”
“Significant rules” are defined primarily as those that “[have] an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more or adversely affect in a material way the economy, a sector of the economy, productivity, competition, jobs, the environment, public health or safety, or State, local, or tribal governments or communities…”
The current Environmental Protection Agency has proposed 42 major new air-related regulations in the first year and a half of the Obama Administration, each with an impact of at least $100 million on the economy and jobs. (That’s not even considering EPA’s other regulatory proposals in such areas as water quality.)
The rules will lead to a less productive, less competitive, less prosperous private sector in the United States, with employers spending resources on federal rules instead of hiring employees.
And here’s your planning grant.
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