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Jan 10, 2018

Despite its passage some time ago, recent attention has been brought to the impending implementation of a Washington, D.C., regulation that will require all professional childcare workers to have a college degree. This has raised a great hue and cry as it will ban a number of existing childcare workers from their chosen profession as well as having the effect of dramatically increasing the cost of childcare in the District — which is, incidentally, already incredibly high when compared to the rest of the country. Unintended consequences happen all the time in everyday life, but when legislators and regulators act, the consequences are on a much larger scale. Unintended consequences abound in pretty much every aspect of regulated life to various degrees. Join Antony Davies and James Harrigan as they talk about this and more on this week's episode of Words and Numbers.

Quick Hits

 Man cited for sheltering the homeless (David Wilson)

 Philip Morris getting out of the cigarette business?

 Foolishness of the Week

 President Trump, apparently not interested in Steve Bannon’s criticism, seeks to block the release “Sloppy Steve’s” book.

 Topic of the Week: Unintended Consequences

 Gun buyback

 Seat belt laws

 Payday lending

 Fishing quotas

 CEO pay

 Three strikes law

 Bounty on cobras

 Mexico city air pollution

 California fuel economy mandates

 Americans with Disabilities Act

 Electrician licensing requirements

 Red-light cameras

 Cash for clunkers