Cut red tape in the Sooner State Posted in: Opinions Think excessive regulation doesn’t hamper economic growth? Economic researcher Dr. James Broughel begs to differ. According to work he conducted at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, if state and federal regulations had stayed at 1980 levels, the U.S. economy would have been 25 percent bigger three decades later. That is ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!