Opinion—The Lasting Mark of the Trump Administration May be its Reduction of the “Administrative State”

Aug 30, 2017

By Don Wallis

The current administration has rescinded hundreds of regulations.

Reading and listening to media coverage of the increasingly acrimonious battle between the President and Congress, one might assume that nothing of consequence is being accomplished by the federal government.

This is not true.

President Trump has been quietly repealing many of the regulations his administration inherited from past administrations. This is an unabashedly pro-business approach to governing.

Philip Bump, in an article in The Washington Post has compiled a partial list of the regulations the “Trump administration has enthusiastically and systematically undone or uprooted.” He lists 45 significant rules that have been affected as well as noting that the current administration has “halted or cancelled hundreds of other minor regulatory actions.”

Many of these changes eliminate provisions that have provided employees with increased job security and safer working conditions. Others limit the ability of federal agencies to enforce environmental regulations that impede business development.

The Trump Administration’s actions reflect a core belief that the economy has been shackled by over-regulation and that the states, not federal agencies, should address many of the issues previously enforced by the “Administrative State.”

This approach to governing will be the lasting legacy of the Trump Administration.


What Trump has undone, Philip Bump, The Washington Post, August 24, 2017.

Don Wallis has more than 40 years experience in residential and commercial construction, and land development. He also has a law degree and currently teaches Environmental Law at Santa Fe Community College.