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Those regulations cause problems, Mr. Norquist said.

Regulatory costs cover the expense of complying with government rules, which includes the costs of manufacturing, installing, operating and maintaining equipment.

In 2012, Americans must work 69 days to cover the cost of government regulations, 45 of which go to the federal government and the rest to state and local governments.

The regulations expense is down two days from last year but has yet to erase the significant 16-day spike from 2008.

The study also broke down the cost of state and local governments, which has changed much under the Obama and Bush administrations.

State government spending on average forced American taxpayers to work 40 days, while regulations took about 25 days to pay off.

Connecticut taxpayers once again will be the last in the country to work off the cost of their state governments, on Aug. 9, followed by New York, New Jersey, Washington state and Wyoming.

Tennessee was the quickest state to pay for its government, on June 28.

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