Government Regulations and Lawsuits — Balancing Jobs and Justice


Progressives like FDR thought some government regulation –protecting workers and the environment, promoting fairness in business transactions or achieving other social goals– was necessary to control the excesses of businesses. Ronald Reagan, on the other hand, preached the gospel of laissez-faire capitalism –the discipline of the market and self-regulation– and the belief that government wasn’t part of the solution; it was part of the problem. Which is the correct approach? The debate continues to this day. While some cite the fact that CA generally fares poorly on many national rankings of business climate, others note that the state’s economy has grown for the last 30 years. Is CA’s regulatory environment too much, not enough, or just right?

Bill Woolman, partner with Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Rudd & Romo in Fresno; John Kabateck, CA Executive Director of the National Federation of Independent Businesses; and Brian Kabateck, the President of the Consumer Attorneys of CA discuss government regulations on this episode of the Maddy Report.

Commentary provided by Carol Whiteside with CA Strategies; Larry Artenian, a Fresno attorney; and Lorelei Oviatt, Kern County’s Director of Planning and Community Development.