ON-Lion Letter

In February, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker issued an executive order barring state agencies and other units of state government from developing plans to comply with onerous regulations under the federal Clean Power Plan, according to a MacIver News Service article by Brett Healy, president of the MacIver Institute in Madison, Wis.

The executive order "prohibits state agencies, departments, boards, commissions, or any of their agents from developing or promoting the development of a state plan to comply with the 111(d) Rule," according to the MacIver article.

"The 111(d) rule is a sweeping change to the Clean Air Act that vastly expands the power of federal bureaucrats at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and would impose tremendous costs on the economy, opponents contend," Healy's piece says.  "The 111(d) rule is more commonly known as the 'Clean Power Plan' (CPP).

"The U.S. Supreme Court agreed with the CPP's opponents, granting a rare stay last week preventing the implementation of the rule until a court can make a final decision as to its legality," it continues.

"The MacIver Institute has been a leader in demonstrating the CPP's potential to cause economic damage in Wisconsin," he points out.

A January 2015 study by the MacIver Institute and the Beacon Hill Institute, for example, "found that the CPP would cost Wisconsinites 21,000 jobs and $1.82 billion in disposable income by 2030.  It also found that the CPP would cause the average household electric bill to jump $225 and would cost the average Wisconsin factory an extra $105,094 per year if implemented."

And "[t]he MacIver Institute joined 17 other state-based think tanks from around the country in submitting comments to the EPA, describing the economic impact of the proposed regulation."

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports the MacIver Institute.

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