Newsletter: A Few Steps Forward

(Sept 4, 2019) The Trump administration plans to streamline infrastructure permitting with two ideas from Common Good’s 2015 report “Two Years, Not Ten Years”: to limit environmental impact statements to 150 pages and to designate one lead agency for each major project. Today, lengthy environmental reviews obscure important choices under thousands of pages of granular detail, and bureaucratic bickering among multiple agencies can take years.

On the Democratic side, Andrew Yang has proposed a number of reforms from Try Common Sense: sunsetting old laws, reforming civil service, moving agencies out of Washington, and allowing judges to limit unreasonable lawsuits. We believe other candidates should also acknowledge the need to reboot Washington.

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