Dean Hopkins at Bush Economic Forum
Thomas Hopkins, dean
of the College of Business, was invited to participate in President
George Bush's Economic Forum in Waco, Texas, in August.
Hopkins was invited
by the White House to participate on the panel discussion, Small
Business and Smarter Regulation. Last year, Hopkins co-authored
a report on the impact of regulatory costs on small firms commissioned
by the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy.
The report concluded that, in 2000, Americans spent $843 billion
to comply with federal regulations, which equals 8 percent of
the U.S. Gross Domestic Product.
In a follow-up article
in The New York Times, Hopkins noted that Vice President Dick
Cheney was surprisingly quiet, allowing the president
to do the majority of the talking. Small business owners stuck
to macro-economic issues, Hopkins told the newspaper, and corporate
CEOs kept a low profile.
Since 1978, Hopkins
has made more than a dozen appearances before federal officials
in the United States and Canada to discuss issues related to regulatory
costs and reform. Prior to joining RIT in 1989, Hopkins held senior
management positions in the Ford, Carter and Reagan administrations,
including deputy administrator for information and regulatory
affairs in the Office of Management and Budget.