The Empire Center today kicked off DeregulateNY, a web-based contest inviting users to identify the the most needlessly expensive and restrictive rules imposed on people offering goods and services in New York State. Contestants submit entries online and compete to win a cash prize and a trip to Albany.

New York businesses contend with more than 300,000 regulatory restrictions that can artificially drive up costs and make it harder for new firms to enter a given industry or market. Some of these regulations were originally designed to protect public health or safety—but many also were promoted to limit competition and consumer choice, hampering new business start-ups and job creation.

DeregulateNY will take a fresh look at regulatory obstacles to commerce and free enterprise, letting businesses tell their stories while helping New Yorkers decide whether these rules and regulations are working as intended.

“No one is more qualified to talk about what’s wrong with the state’s business climate than the people trying to make a living under it,” said Tim Hoefer, the Empire Center’s executive director. “By giving New Yorkers a voice, we can better understand what needs to change in our state and take steps toward that change.”

Entries may be submitted through Friday, February 14, 2020. Contest winners, as decided by a panel of judges, will be announced on Thursday, February 20, 2020.

The Empire Center, based in Albany, is an independent, non-partisan, not-for-profit think tank dedicated to promoting policies to make New York a better place to live, work and raise a family.

 

You may also like

Empire Center’s Budget App Now Includes FY 22 Enacted Budget Data

The Empire Center’s online New York State budget database has been updated to reflect all the key numbers from the enacted budget for fiscal year 2022. Read More

Port Authority of NY and NJ Payroll Eclipses One Billion Mark

Payroll for Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) in calendar year 2020 crossed the billion-dollar threshold Read More

In wake of COVID-19 Pandemic, New Report Calls for Public Health Changes

The new report identifies several shortcomings by New York's public health system that led to such a pronounced coronavirus crisis. Read More

Post-Pandemic, New York should “Keep the Change”

Albany, NY — Many of the executive orders signed during the COVID-19 pandemic should be codified into law, specifically those that address health care services, occupational licensing and government transparency, according to a new Empi Read More

Empire Center Announces Peter Warren as Director of Research

Peter Warren has joined the Empire Center for Public Policy as its Director of Research.  Read More

Hundreds of $100k Overtime Earners, Despite Drop in Total Overtime

More than 400 employees were paid at least $100,000 in overtime and 667 earned more in overtime than in regular pay. Read More

2020 State Payroll Now Posted at SeeThroughNY

The complete 2020 New York state government payroll is now posted on SeeThroughNY.net, the Empire Center’s government transparency website.  Read More

New York Spends More than All Other States on Education and Medicaid

New York’s spending on education and Medicaid will leave a hole in the budget after federal COVID relief money runs out Read More

Subscribe

Sign up to receive updates about Empire Center research, news and events in your email.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Empire Center for Public Policy
30 South Pearl St.
Suite 1210
Albany, NY 12207

Phone: 518-434-3100

General Inquiries: Info@EmpireCenter.org

Press Inquiries: Press@EmpireCenter.org

About

The Empire Center is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit think tank located in Albany, New York. Our mission is to make New York a better place to live and work by promoting public policy reforms grounded in free-market principles, personal responsibility, and the ideals of effective and accountable government.

Empire Center Logo Enjoying our work? Sign up for email alerts on our latest news and research.
Together, we can make New York a better place to live and work!