Last week, Governor Parson extended some of the regulatory waivers put in place by previous executive orders. Instead of expiring on June 15th, a few of the waivers will now expire on August 28th, and others will remain waived until December 31st unless otherwise specified.
Show-Me Institute researchers have spoken favorably of these regulatory waivers. These waivers have allowed us to better respond to the COVID-19 crisis and have reduced the burden on scores of workers and businesses during these trying times.
The question that I’ve been asking for months comes back to mind: If we don’t need these regulations for the rest of the year—which would bring us to about 9 months without these regulations—do we need them at all? Extending these regulatory waivers is a great first step, but lawmakers should take the leap and make these waivers permanent.