Carolina Journal’s Dan Way reports on new data about North Carolina’s regulatory code that has been analyzed and released by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

North Carolina has so many regulations it would take a dozen 40-hour weeks, reading 300 words per minute, to navigate the state administrative code, researchers say.

The code contains 109,350 restrictions and some 8.7 million words. The most restrictive regulations involve utilities. Nursing and residential care facilities and ambulatory health care services come next. The three industries account for 45 percent of the industry-specific regulations among the top 10 industries in a study released Tuesday.

Research academics James Broughel and Daniel Francis at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University reached those conclusions in the study.

Mercatus researchers developed a software platform to analyze and quantify state regulatory text. It allows them to capture information in minutes that might otherwise take weeks or years to find.

Read Dan’s story here.

And read the full Mercatus report on North Carolina’s regulatory code here.