The California hotel workers union is authoring a bill that requires all hotel mattresses to have flat sheets instead of fitted sheets. The union argues that the heavy lifting required for fitted sheets is causing back injuries for workers. The regulation comes with a price tag of $30-$50 million dollars charged to the taxpayers, according the California Hotel and Lodging Association.
Some argue that even if the regulation bill passes, it will be difficult to enforce. Randi Knott, of the California Hotel and Lodging Association, also noted that “when California’s looking at over a $26 billion budget, you would kind of think that the legislature had other things to worry about.”
In a state where citizens already pay the highest taxes in the country, the regulated sheets are an unnecessary “hidden tax” that can wait until better financial times. Just as America’s national debt has nearly doubled in two years, the country’s “regulatory burden increased at an unprecedented rate” as well, according to Heritage analysts James Gattuso, Diane Katz and Stephen Keene.