Aug 8, 2018

Trump Administration Proposes Nationwide Cuts to Vehicle Fuel Efficiency and Emission Standards

Vehicle Emission Standards

On August 2, 2018, the Trump administration proposed significant cuts to vehicle fuel efficiency and emission standards, and challenged the right of states, particularly California, to set more stringent tailpipe pollution standards. The proposed rule is called the “Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE)” Vehicles Rule for Model Years 2021-2026.”  (Click here to read the proposed rule… Read more


Jun 13, 2018

Will the ACA be Dismantled in Court? Justice Department Declines to Support ACA Provisions

Affordable Care Act (ACA)

President Trump’s administration continues in its mission to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While attempts to repeal the ACA through legislation have not succeeded, the constitutionality of the ACA is again under assault. In an unusual move, Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a letter to congressional leaders, telling them that the Justice Department will… Read more


Apr 18, 2017

Trump Administration Seeks to Cut Clean Energy Division Budget

LED Lightbulb

The White House is seeking to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from the budget of an Energy Department division that funds technological research in projects ranging from LED light bulbs to plug-in electric trucks.  The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, currently funded at $2.1 billion per year, would see its allocation slashed… Read more


Mar 9, 2017

President Trump Issues Executive Order Regarding Waters of the U.S. Rule

Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule

President Donald Trump on February 28, 2017, issued an Executive Order directing review and revision or rescission of the “Clean Water Rule: Definition of ‘Waters of the United States,’” 80 Fed. Reg. 37054 (June 29, 2015).  The Rule defines what “waters of the United States” are under the federal Clean Water Act for permitting purposes. … Read more


Feb 7, 2017

What A Trump Administration Will Mean For Franchising

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as published in QSR Magazine The election of Donald Trump as the next president of the United States certainly promises significant changes for the nation’s businesses. Despite the fact that many of Trump’s policies on labor and employment are still unclear, many laws and regulations promulgated during the Obama administration, including many rulings by the… Read more


Jan 11, 2017

Possible Change to EPA Toxic Rules for Large Boilers

Boiler

On December 23, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled that Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”) toxic pollution requirements for large industrial boilers were flawed, siding with arguments made by environmental groups.  The decision left the existing rule in place while ordering the EPA to make the necessary corrections in the… Read more