Until the passage of the Affordable Care Act, our regulation was a very light touch.
Public concern about favoritism is increased when there has been no public testimony, no amendments allowed for the minority, no witnesses, and no public lobbying.
The Legislature is not as transparent as it should be on the best of days.
We did little harm this year because we did so little.
The state could direct $10 million to reducing childhood poverty and require that “family impact statements” be devised as to proposed regulations. The result would be that poverty would be alleviated by the $10 million minus the cost of the impact statements and the cost of the inevitable litigation about them.
Union leaders will organize their get-out-the-vote efforts at a far higher level than in the past.