I haven’t been upset with Trump’s picks thus far, but this is by far the best of the pack he has brought on.
Andy Puzder, the CEO of the CKE Restaurant group, which owns the Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr. chains, will be Donald Trump’s pick to serve as Secretary of Labor, according to multiple reports.
Like several of Trump’s cabinet picks so far, Puzder represents a major turn away from the domestic economic policies that defined the Obama years. He’s a critic of business regulation in general, and has spoken out about the negative impacts of both Obamacare and the minimum wage, which he has warned will lead to automation that puts low-wage employees out of work.
As a restaurant chain CEO, Puzder is unusually sensitive to the costs of business regulations. In 2011, he announced that he would stop all restaurant development in the state of California, where CKE is based, and instead focus on opening some 300 restaurants in Texas. California’s bulk of regulations could add as much as $50,000 and two years to the cost of opening a restaurant, he told the Associated Press at the time, compared with Texas, where a restaurant could go from a lease signing to opening for business in as little as six weeks.
Read the rest at Reason.