Press Release: Mississippi Center for Public Policy Backs 29 by '29 Plan

By Mississippi Center for Public Policy
February 3, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Jackson, MS): The Mississippi Center for Public Policy is working directly with the Mississippi Secretary of State's Office and other partner organizations to cut red tape entangling business, innovation, and progress in the Magnolia State.

The 29 by '29 Plan reviews regulations in categories and stages, looking at regulatory boards and agencies as the paradigm for analysis, this, in light of free market principles and empirical data.

"Mississippi has been held back by too much regulation and red tape," said President & CEO Douglas Carswell. "Our state is one of the most overregulated in America, and this explains why we have not grown. Reducing red tape will allow our state to prosper, and this is a vital new initiative to make our state competitive"

Nearly 25% of U.S. workers are impacted by occupational regulation. These regulations, especially licensing that requires workers to get government approval before they can earn a living, restrict opportunity, raise costs for consumers, and provide negligible safety benefits.

Mississippi Secretary of State Michael Watson recognizes the harmful effects of many of the regulations and aims to streamline the regulatory process. He plans to review all 29 of the state’s licensing boards and commissions by 2029 to modify or eliminate unnecessary regulations that do more harm than good.

Tech Policy Analyst Matthew Nicaud said, "The state's administrative code has over 117,000 regulatory restrictions, and we're proud to take part in this initiative to reduce these work-related burdens."

MCPP looks forward to working on a reduction in burdensome regulations, with the anticipation that reducing the heavy hand of government leads to greater prosperity.

For media inquiries, please reach out to Stone Clanton, clanton@mspolicy.org.

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