California’s Occupational Licensing Laws Cost Consumers and Businesses Billions

California is one of the most regulated states when it comes to occupational licensing. It is estimated that more than 20% of Californian workers need to acquire a license before they can even step into the workplace. Rather than protecting the public, these laws drive up costs for both businesses and consumers—while punishing the poor. […]

Targeting E-cigarette Flavors is Blaming the Wrong Suspect

Over the last half-decade, vaping has helped reduce tobacco harm more than any other intervention. The FDA’s sweeping, knee-jerk policy change ignores the evidence and threatens to put lives at risk. Reducing the availability of flavored e-cigarettes will impose high costs on smokers while doing little to reduce vaping among teens. You can read this […]

Politicians’ Love-Hate Relationship with Uber

You can’t have your cake and eat it too. Recently, presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg joined a rally in San Francisco to support Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), which would transition drivers from “contractor” to “employee” status. Despite his criticism of Uber and Lyft, Buttigieg’s staff have already spent $9,000 on the services in the first […]

The Unemployment Statistics are at Odds with Increasing the Minimum Wage

Although young people support Senator Sanders’ policies, his policies don’t necessarily support young people. When Sanders recently went on the Joe Rogan Experience to talk about his platform, he assured Rogan that “the majority of [minimum wage] workers are not kids,” but analyses from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) suggest otherwise. The majority of […]

ACI in the Wall Street Journal: Vaping Ban Will Send Smokers Back to the Pack

Public health officials should thoroughly investigate the roots of the recent surge in respiratory illnesses. But before pinning the blame on legitimate e-cigarette manufacturers—and before banning their products—lawmakers should examine how their own heavy-handed approach to overtaxing and overregulating has encouraged consumers to develop dangerous homemade concoctions and buy unregulated counterfeits from the black market […]

Archaic Alcohol Laws in the Modern Era

The North Carolina Liquor Control Board recently banned Utah-based beer company – polygamy porters – for sale, citing that the brand is “inappropriate.” Despite the absurdity of the decision, the problem runs much deeper. Across the nation, states have maintained alcohol monopolies which have prohibited businesses from flourishing. Instead of perpetuating monopoly controls on an […]

Real Clear Health: Drug Importation — High Risk, Low Reward

It’s tempting to think that legalizing drug importation would immediately give U.S. consumers access to medicines at the prices available in other developed countries. In reality, however, the Safe Importation Action Plan would expose American consumers to significant health risks while achieving meager cost reductions, if any at all. Visit Real Clear Health to lean […]