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The Huffington Post published an op-ed by Zack Christenson and Steve Pociask on newly released wireless survey results. To download and read the piece, please click here.
Consumers have been cutting back on gasoline use. Many conserve because it is the right thing to do. More of us agree with that sentiment but have no real economic alternative to gasoline or diesel for the family’s transportation. Electric car and hybrid capital costs remain much higher than conventional car prices and many gas-fueled [...]
The follow opinion piece write by ACI’s Zack Christenson ran on 4/24/2013. It can be downloaded at the Daily Caller website. Online Taxation to Crush Competition On Monday, the Senate voted to take up the Marketplace Fairness Act, the bill that would force Internet retailers to begin collecting sales tax on purchases made online. Currently, [...]
Transport Secretary Ray LaHood has created a national crisis from the need to save $200 million. President Obama and Rahm Emanuel must be smiling broadly. In February 2013, LaHood promised there was no way around scaling back air traffic control staff if sequesters were enacted. Last week he affirmed that “We cannot avoid furloughs.” They’ve [...]
Just 28% of Americans hold a favorable view of the federal government. Favor in the federal government has sunk to a low water mark since its high of 81% in 2001. It’s not about government per se, since both state and local government enjoy much higher favorability from both parties. When President Obama arrived in [...]
The European Union (EU) is a large trading partner for the US and so the EU’s economic health matters to American consumers and workers. We exchange goods and services from comparably skilled labor forces and from well-capitalized industries with comparable technology. Our trade with the EU is not about offshoring jobs to subsistence-wage workers. While the [...]
Earlier we noted surprises in the budgetary emphasis on energy and transportation. Without prose to explain its retreat, the White House slashed spending in its quest for cars that run on pure green thoughts. All that remains is deep seated hostility to most families’ means of transportation. Some of the biggest reductions in the budget [...]
In the recent proposal for a 2014 budget, the White House offered consumers a 10-year outlook of proposed federal spending and revenues. So far, tax hikes and entitlement cuts to Social Security and Medicare have attracted the most news coverage, but there are some remarkable budget numbers in the Energy and Transportation sections of Table [...]
There are thousands of ways for government to better accommodate business’ and consumers’ interests. One of them is in adjusting customs duties on low-value shipments from abroad. When we return from travel to the U.S., we are allowed to import up to $800 in goods without paying customs duty. Those purchases are scrutinized by US [...]
Last week, the Senate voted to repeal a controversial tax found within the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. The tax was a 2.3% levy on medical devices, which, once in effect, is expected to generate almost $30 billion in tax dollars. The tax would hit nearly every medical device imaginable—pacemakers, syringes, CT scanning machines, and [...]
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