One type of special interests (parasites) pushes regulation/legislation to increase their profits. That’s because their competitors suffer in the regulatory environment–or, they simply benefit directly from government subsidy. (A good example of these would be renewables companies benefiting from the recent SB3 legislation.) The other kind of special interests are businesses (traders) trying to protect themselves from the unjust intrusion of government. It’s the first kind of special interest the left likes, the second type this is so often the victim of legislation like this landfill bill reported on here.
Solid waste management is the cheapest and most environmentally friendly way to deal with waste. And yet this industry and all North Carolinians are being tyrannized by legislation that does nothing more than make people feel better about some nebulous eco-fears, while bleeding them for more taxes, funding dubious recycling programs, and making us pay unnecessarily high prices for our waste disposal. It appears that we can only stand by and watch as the parasites push aside the traders.