"Across the country, people seeking work in harmless occupations, including barbers, cosmetologists, dental hygienists, and even frog farmers, are forced to spend thousands of dollars and otherwise productive hours complying with regulations. The cost of state-imposed regulations in California alone was recently estimated at nearly $500 billion. Federal regulations have been estimated to cost $1.75 trillion per year, which is roughly 14 percent of total national income. All of these incredibly costly regulations slow economic activity and prevent the creation of jobs and wealth. Unfortunately, efforts to rein in excessive regulations have proven inadequate."