ACI in the Tallahassee Democrat: Cell Tax Cut is Sensible

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As part of Florida’s budget, Governor Scott proposed to cut the cell phone and TV tax rate by 3.6 percentage points. When approved by the Florida Legislature, the tax cut will save Floridians $470 million annually. These services are taxed at 9.17% for cell phone and cable TV and 13.17% for satellite TV services – […]

When Going Green Means Profits

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Regulatory rules and government subsidies are popping up across the country to encourage consumers to put solar panels on their rooftops. In addition, new financing arrangements have enabled some consumers to lease rooftop solar panels for very little or no initial investment. On the upside, rooftop solar energy can enable a consumer to be environmentally […]

Consequences of Treating Broadband as a Public Utility

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The FCC is poised to vote on reclassifying broadband services as a common carrier, innocuously referred to as net neutrality regulations. From the outset, the net neutrality rules were unnecessary, did not address any apparent market failure, and protected companies instead of encouraging competition. While advocates for these regulations promised free, open and neutral internet, […]

Spending Habit Can Tee up Another Bailout

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Two of the largest US institutions are at risk of going wobbly.  Fannie Mae lists $3 trillion and Freddie Mac lists $1.7 trillion  in securitized mortgages that they sold to banks usually with guarantees.  According to some sources, their impressive performance in recent years may be drawing to a close and their federal masters have […]

Patent Litigation: Slow, Costly, Error-Prone

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A few insightful studies of intellectual property abuses and patent infringement defenses have highlighted the role of patent trolls and patent pools. The litigation between patent holders and those accused of infringement is resolved in district courts where large, unproductive process costs and awards eventually hit consumers. Part of these problems seems to be fostered […]

Did the FCC Lie about Net Neutrality?

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Reclassification Could Be Costly for Consumers As a means to establish and promulgate new Internet rules, commonly referred to as net neutrality regulations, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) appears to be on the verge of reclassifying Internet services from a less-regulated “information service” to a much stricter public utility-style “common carrier telecommunications service.” The regulatory […]

Insurance Commissioner Choses the Wrong Beneficiary

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From the dusty file rooms of Utah insurance brokerages we hear indignant squeals of discomfort. A new competitor called Zenefits rode into town offering customers a much better deal than has been seen in decades. In response, the Utah brokers tied on their guns and did what they have been taught – hunkered down behind […]

Taxing the Internet is a Bad Idea

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Earlier this month, House members introduced a new bill that would make the Internet Tax Freedom Act permanent. First passed in 1998, the Internet Tax Freedom Act was a 15-year ban on the taxation of Internet access. The bill has been continually extended in a patchwork fashion, most recently at the end of 2014 to […]

What Graduates Need and What Teachers Don’t Like

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While activists may tug educators in other directions, the central goal for high school graduates is to be educated as thoughtful citizens and as employable entry-level workers, or as students who can thrive in college or university. Obtaining an entry-level job shortly after graduating is an important step for many along the path to becoming […]