The “news” on cable TV seems skewed toward partisan bickering on topics our politicians refuse to address seriously. They criticize their opponents and quickly move on to the next allegation in the hope that some of the mud will stick. These unending arguments are fueled by the stylish, everchanging topics in the social justice bucket. […]
Forty-seven groups sent a letter to the House of Representatives calling for all of the individual tax provisions from the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” to be made permanent. The coalition letter is available here.
If you considered having a bottle of soda pop while grilling this Memorial Day Holiday, It’s time to take pause. In January 2017, Philadelphia became one of the first localities in the country to impose a specific tax on sweetened beverages. Imposing an onerous tax on a particular category of food or beverage constitutes an […]
Today, a coalition letter was sent to President Trump and Secretary Mnuchin calling for an initiation of a rulemaking to protect the IRS from targeting nonprofit organizations based on their ideology. The coalition letter can be viewed here.
A proposal pending before the Postal Regulatory Commission would authorize the U.S. Postal Service to dramatically increase prices on consumers, while the agency’s long-standing financial mismanagement is largely ignored. In recent years, the Postal Service’s already precarious financial situation has worsened. In the last decade, the agency has reported more than $65 billion in losses […]
Today, a coalition sent a letter to the EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, asking the agency to revoke California’s waiver from the Clean Air Act, which allows the state to decouple from Federal policy and impose strict emission standards on automobiles. The letter notes California’s policy has contributed to higher costs for taxpayers and consumers, as […]
California leads the nation in imposing anti-consumer policies that pick winners and losers in the marketplace to promote a larger policy agenda. That is certainly the case with the state’s Federal waiver from the Clean Air Act, which allows it to decouple from Federal policy and impose strict emissions standards on automobiles. But the scientific […]
Can the U.S. government issue a legal warrant to require a U.S. company to retrieve overseas digital communications from its foreign customers? As consumer information increasingly resides in the cloud, overseas or domestically, and in various electronic forms, establishing what access the government should have to private communications and how the government should work with its […]
State governments have developed a despicable habit of ignoring what the voters and their representatives identify as the official purpose behind many grants and fee collections. In too many cases, state governments display the arrogance of skilled thieves, diverting funds from the intended destination. Instead the funds are used to plug self-inflicted budgetary holes. Published […]
Today, The American Consumer Institute (ACI) joined a coalition of over 30 state and national conservative and tax policy organizations urging Congress to move tax legislation through conference quickly and pass pro-growth reform before Christmas. In a letter sent to every member of Congress, the signers highlighted the need to pass a bill that will […]