chapter  5
Refining the CRA Framework
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The American public has made an enduring commitment to public sector programs aimed at reducing risks to human health, safety, and the environment. This commitment is evident not just in public opinion surveys but also in the behavior of elected officials, who have passed ambitious legislation aimed at reducing risks and who have built numerous administrative agencies with far-reaching powers to influence the behaviors of business firms, workers, consumers, and the general public. The budgets appropriated to these agencies by elected officials often have fallen short of what is necessary to achieve such lofty social objectives, but risk protection agencies survived the years of "regulatory relief" under President Ronald Reagan and are now the subject of renewed interest in policy circles.