federal regulations

Ranchers rebel over beef checkoff

Feb 11, 2015
Jill Toyoshiba / The Kansas City Star

From their small farms set in the rolling hills of northeast Kansas, two ranchers are raising a few cattle, and a lot of Cain.

David Pfrang and Jim Dobbins turned themselves into activists, launched a shadow corporation, got hauled into federal court and had to hire a lawyer.

All over $1.

That buck, though, divides the beef industry. And may influence what you decide to have for dinner.


Sen. Blunt introduces bill to streamline federal regulations

Jul 31, 2013
roy blunt
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The bill would have Congress create a new commission, which would take input from the public on which regulations are outdated, unnecessary, or too much of a burden. That commission would report back to Congress with recommendations of what changes to make.

In a press release, Blunt said too many confusing regulations are stifling economic growth. The bill is co-sponsored by Senator Angus King of Maine.  Blunt is a Republican, and King is an Independent, although he caucuses with the Senate Democrats.