Sep 20 2016
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today released “Arizona Regulatory Wrap-Up: 8 Years Under Obama’s Job-Killing Regulations,” a report highlighting 25 regulations under the Obama Administration that have cost taxpayers at least $348.7 billion. These regulations include the Administration’s attempted boating restrictions on Lake Havasu; new rules affecting Arizona’s retirement system, housing market and business community; added costs for Obamacare; and new mandates on Arizona’s energy and utilities sectors. The report details the impacts these regulations will have on Arizona small businesses and families, and the steps Senator McCain has taken to push back on the Administration’s regulatory assault.
“Over the last eight years under the Obama Administration, and especially since the president’s 2014 State of the Union address when he committed to using his ‘pen and phone’ to circumvent Congress, the American people have been hit with a barrage of federal regulations that are saddling Arizona’s economy, hurting small businesses, strangling middle class families, and robbing taxpayers – to the tune of $348.7 billion,” said Senator McCain. “My report exposes 25 federal regulations under the Obama White House that are harming critical sectors of Arizona’s economy, ranging from energy and the environment to health care, retirement, and tourism. With job and economic development continuing to lag across our nation, we must not cease in our efforts to undo the red-tape that is unfairly burdening hardworking Arizona families.”
For example, the report details the Administration’s “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule, which would put the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in charge of more than 60 percent of all surface water in the United States. Once finalized, the rule could enable the EPA to fine farmers or construction yard owners over $30,000 for maintaining a ditch near a desert dry wash, which are common in Arizona. The regulation is estimated to cost taxpayers a total of $462.9 million.
In addition, the report highlights how the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) withheld federal permits for the installation of snowmaking machines at Arizona Snowbowl, one of the state’s top ski destinations located on 60 acres of federal land on the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff, Arizona. This came despite the fact that Snowbowl completed environmental impact studies, earned approval from the U.S. Forest Service, and even won a legal appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. By the time USDA finally released its red-tape on Arizona Snowbowl, the resort had suffered $12 million in lost financing and revenue.
One of the biggest price tags in the report comes from the president’s signature health care law, otherwise known as Obamacare. The law, which continues to crumble in Arizona, has produced numerous regulations costing the American taxpayer $48.5 billion and resulting in more than 171 million extra hours of paperwork to comply with the law’s costly mandates.
Senator McCain continues to fight against the Obama Administration’s regulatory onslaught by sponsoring legislation, holding oversight hearings, and giving Arizonans a voice at town hall meetings, business roundtables and through direct correspondence with the relevant agencies.
“Arizona Regulatory Wrap-Up” is part of Senator McCain’s “America’s Most Wasted” series of reports, which expose egregious examples of government spending and waste that are robbing taxpayers in Arizona and around the country.
Read the full report here.