Since the passage of federal and state Administrative Procedures Acts, federal and state agencies have continually promulgated new rules on an annual
basis. Since the enactment of the ADA in West Virginia, there has been no meaningful comprehensive federal or West Virginia state effort to review rules and their impact on economic development and job creation.
While the federal regulatory system is something with which all state economies must contend, West Virginia’s regulatory system is uniquely burdensome and oppressive. A recent article in Forbes magazine named West Virginia the most over-regulated state in the nation.
Many states have recognized their state’s regulatory problem and reformed their system. This paper will outline several problems with West Virginia’s current state regulatory structure and provide proposals to address those issues.