The White House has announced a number of actions federal agencies have taken to reduce regulatory burdens and eliminate unnecessary costs for local governments.
As a example, federal traffic sign regulations have become more than just a nuisance for locals, but a financial burden as well. A new rule eliminates 46 regulations on traffic signs, providing more flexibility to state and local governments. For instance, communities will now be allowed to replace street signs after they wear out rather than by some imposed deadline from the federal government.
The elimination and or curtailing of such regulations is expected to result in $6 billion of savings in five years.
Arnold Weinfeld is Director of Strategic Initiatives and Federal Affairs for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at 517-908-0304 or by e-mail.