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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

U.S. Regulators Face Budget Pinch as Mandates Widen

“Current and former regulators warn that budgets cuts would prevent the agencies from enforcing hundreds of new rules enacted under Dodd-Frank, or worse, catching the next Bernard L. Madoff.  But critics contend that the agencies don’t deserve extra money, given that they missed warning signs and failed to catch serious wrongdoing in the years leading up to the crisis. The S.E.C., too, has been accused of mismanaging its finances. The Government Accountability Office has faulted the agency’s accounting almost every year since it began producing financial statements in 2004.” (New York Times)

Whatever the bill means, it means increase our budgets!

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Regulatory Magic” by Sheldon Richman