U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) has been a critic of government over-reach since taking office in 2011, now he is taking on excessive regulation as a specific target for reform with his new Victims of Government Project.
“The root cause of our economic and fiscal problems is the size, the scope, and the cost of government – all the rules, all the regulations, and all the government intrusion into our lives,” Johnson said. “The Victims of Government series is designed to demonstrate that – in a very personal and powerful way. Over-regulation consumes massive amounts of the people’s money, too often lacks common sense, has no heart, costs jobs and economic growth.”
The first story of over-regulation highlighted by Johnson is that of Stephen Lathrop, a resident of Granite City, Illinois who has spent more than 20 years attempting to comply with federal wetlands regulations.
Johnson is inviting anyone who has been dealing with excess regulation to submit their stories on his Senate website.
This post originally appeared on the Great Lakes Legal Foundation’s Regulatory Watch blog.