Regulatory capture has been defined as follows:
Regulatory capture occurs when a government’s regulatory agency, which was created in the public interest, ends up advancing the political or commercial concerns of the very people, companies or entities it is supposed to be regulating. Regulatory capture, in the world of government monitoring, is like when the gamekeeper turns poacher, or at least, assists the poacher.
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If you are having problems because the wolves keep eating the sheep, perhaps setting up an agency might help protect those sheep. However, you have a problem if the only individuals qualified to become agency members are also wolves.
There's a classic example of regulatory capture currently going on in New York state.
A state bureaucrat wants to mandate 500 hours of training for anyone who shampoos hair at a beauty salon or barbershop — but something about her push for the bizarre new requirement just doesn’t wash.
That’s because she is also a beauty school owner, The Post has found, as is a second member of the state board that licenses salon workers.
A third person on the panel runs a membership and lobbying group for the cosmetology school industry.
That’s out of four total board members.
If their training-before-shampooing mandate passes, hair washers would have to spend an average of $13,354 on beauty school each to secure a “shampoo assistant” license.
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New York state currently has 22,997 hair salons and 4,847 barbershops — all of which could be impacted if the proposed bill becomes law.
If just one shampoo assistant from each business had to pay for training, the total learn-to-lather classwork cost could top $370 million.
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The state also expects to take its cut with applications, fees and fines from assistants and salons.
There's more at the link.
It's odd. I've never had any training at all in shampooing my hair; yet I manage to get it done, in at least a passably acceptable fashion, on a regular basis. Have I been doing it wrong all these years? How can I possibly know, unless I shell out a five-figure sum to be educated enough to allow the state to assess (and license) my performance? Oh, horror! What a dilemma!
Personally, I think New Yorkers should tar, feather, and run out of town on a rail anyone and everyone associated with this scheme. They deserve no less, and possibly much more and much harsher treatment. How about also banning them from any and every regulatory position of any kind, appointed or elected, for the rest of their lives?