ACI recently submitted reply comments to the United States Postal Commission’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which asked for public comments on a plan to sharply increase consumer postal rates. To read ACI’s reply comments, click here.
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 […]
This ConsumerGram explores the consequences of various state laws written to advantage automobile dealer franchises. Because many of these laws work to increase vehicle costs and set geographic restrictions that limit price competition, they serve to transfer income from the buying public to dealerships. Specifically, this ConsumerGram finds that American consumers collectively pay $47.5 billion […]
A coalition taxpayer and consumer groups sent a letter to Illinois House members explaining that H.B. 4900 — the Illinois Generic Drug Pricing Fairness Act — would seek to target generic drug pricing and impede generic competition, while leaving more expensive name brand drugs unaffected. While working families, small businesses, seniors, and especially society’s most […]
Today, a broad group of 26 organizations wrote a letter to President Trump opposing the Administration’s proposal to levy hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. These tariffs will raise consumer prices and fuel inflation and higher interest rates, and risk retaliatory tariffs on U.S. exports. The letter is available here.
A coalition of has sent a letter to Senator Cotton regarding the “Preserving Access to Cost Effective Drugs” (PACED Act) that seeks to strengthen the patent system by eliminating the sovereign immunity loophole. You can read the letter online.
ACI filed its comments with the United States Postal Commission in regard to its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Docket RM2017-3. ACI’s filing provides empirical evidence that shows significant cost shifting from competitive services facing market rivalry to monopoly services now subject to financial collapse, and it recommends ways to financially save the postal service […]
Can the U.S. government issue a legal warrant to require a U.S. company to retrieve overseas communications data from its foreign customers? As consumer information 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 […]
Today, the U.S. Postal Service detailed a loss of $540 million in its financial report for the first quarter for the new fiscal year. Given the peculiar financial management path that the Postal Service has taken in recent years, The American Consumers Institute (ACI) is hardly surprised by the organization losing over $65 billion over […]
A large group of organizations are calling on Congress to remove regulatory barriers in order to allow generic drug makers to have access to brand name drugs for FDA testing and approval. The bill would encourage competitive entry once brand name drug patents have expired, permitting new rivals to provide lower cost drugs to doctors […]