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Housecleaning is tedious. It fails to excite the imagination. Those thoughts come to mind as Gov. Rick Snyder continues to tout the things his administration has done in the past year to make government neater, friendlier and less clunky.
It's easy to be underwhelmed as he brags about dissolving obscure commissions or dumping obsolete statutes, but we shouldn't overlook the benefits of those efforts. There's a lot of government red tape that's invisible to most of us, but time-consuming and costly for those it directly affects.
In that spirit, we note the regulatory reforms included in the pile of bills lawmakers passed during their final three weeks of 2012.
For the full editorial, see "Reforms boost Michigan's ability to compete; State government made big strides in 2012 to cull unnecessary, unproductive regulations", Detroit News, January 3, 2013.
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