Inside Sources: Flavored Tobacco Ban Is a Pandora’s Box

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a landmark flavored tobacco ban. Despite the Trump administration wisely announcing its opposition to the bill, the “Protecting American Lungs and Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2020” is a legislative proposal that will drastically harm an entire industry and its consumers. To read this op-ed, please […]

Michael McGrady: Lessons on COVID-19 Hysteria and Public Health Panics

World War One made the breakout of the H1N1 influenza virus, or Spanish flu, which began in the winter of 1918. Due to the movement of troops and  the close quarters invited by trench warfare, this case of the influenza virus is considered one of the worst in human history. The Spanish flu killed 40 […]

Morning Consult: Forget the Derailed Policies of the Past and Put Rail Policy Back on Track

The Surface Transportation Board has recently proposed regulations that would control the prices and earning of railroad carriers. The regulations, however, are eerily similar to those previously repealed that devastated the rail industry nearly 50 years ago. The American Consumer Institute recently released a report on these newly proposed policies stating, in a nutshell, that the current proposed […]

The Economic Standard: Are Solar Panel Mandates Helping Consumers Save Money?

California’s solar energy mandate was officially implemented at the beginning of this year, making the Golden state the first in the nation to implement a law that obligates all newly constructed houses to have solar panels. Hawaii, Arizona, Maryland, and other states have announced they will follow suit. While the mandate is an attempt to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, mandated […]

The Economic Standard: Regressive Soda & Sugar Taxes Should Fizzle Out

There is currently a global campaign to reduce the consumption of soda and ensure that consumers have healthier alternatives. Philadelphia, for instance, is contributing to the campaign through a soda tax while across the pond, the U.K. has implemented a sugar tax. However, despite lawmakers’ best efforts to improve public health, these disastrous policies have […]

Inside Sources: Shaheen, Hassan Get Vaping Issue All Wrong

New Hampshire U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan joined a bipartisan coalition in calling on the FDA to take action. According to the letter, the senators rightfully expect Hahn will ensure that the agency reject e-cigarette product applications that do not protect the nation’s public health… …By demanding that the FDA turn down scores […]

Townhall: Replacing Buses with Ridesharing Would be a ‘Win’ for Everyone

In a triumphant moment, New York City announced it would include ridesharing services in its metro budget. Realizing that many residents live in areas with inadequate late night and early morning metro services, the Metro Transportation Authority plans to subsidize ridesharing as early as June to help bridge the gap between people’s bus stop and […]

The Sun: What Can the U.S. Learn from Other Countries Regarding Soda Taxes?

New research from the American Consumer Institute shows that soda taxes are anything but sweet. Growing in popularity among politicians to curb consumption, it turns out soda taxes do little to promote public health. Far worse, soda taxes are regressive, disproportionately hurting poor people the most. As cities like Washington D.C. look to enact their […]

Orlando Sentinel: Legislators Must Balance Consumer and Market Needs on Genetic Testing Bill

They’ve become popular gifts on birthdays or holidays – the personal DNA testing kits that can tell you where your ancestors came from or even if you are predisposed to certain medical conditions. But as testing companies such as 23andMe and Ancestory.com have become more prevalent, providing insights to millions of Americans on the secrets […]

A Competitive Rail Industry Benefits Consumers, Workers, and the Environment

America’s railroads provide cost-effective freight transportation for consumers and thousands of jobs for workers—all while generating a fraction of the emissions of its competitors. These benefits are the product of deregulation in the 1980s that slashed inefficiency and brought the railroads back from the brink of collapse.

However, a new report highlights how these public benefits are once again coming under pressure from proposed onerous regulations. History shows that price setting and regulatory meddling will eventually extinguish the benefits that rail transportation affords.