Filed Testimony to the California Legislature: Don’t Price Regulate Food Deliver

Today, ACI, along with a coalition of policy groups, filed testimony with the California legislature in opposition to a bill that would institute price controls on restaurant food delivery services. The letter states that the establishment of a price control scheme for contracts between private third-party delivery platforms and restaurants (as proposed under AB 286) […]

Coalition Letter Calls for Pro-Growth Tax Policy

ACI and twenty-two other public policy organizations sent a letter to Capitol Hill calling for a number of tax relief measures that will aid in America’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. We state that “pro-growth tax policy that boosts GDP, jobs, and wages should be a legislative priority at any time but has taken […]

Infrastructure Plan Is Bad for Broadband

While on a visit to the rust belt city of Pittsburgh, President Joe Biden released his American Jobs Plan, claiming it would “create millions of good jobs, rebuild our country’s infrastructure, and position the United States to out-compete China.” Aside from fixing highways, rebuilding bridges, and upgrading transit systems, Biden’s plan also calls for “affordable, reliable, […]

Inside Sources: Keep Rails on Track for Consumers and Climate

After a full year of lockdowns and social distancing, Americans are understandably eager to once again get back to work and travel this summer. With hopes that economic activity is set to roar back in the wake of the ongoing vaccination drive, last week the House sub-committee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials held a hearing on […]

Inside Sources: Lawmakers Want the FDA to Remove Vaping Products From the Market Again

House Democrats have asked acting Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Janet Woodcock to remove all vaping products from the market during an ongoing product approval process, despite evidence showing millions of Americans have used these alternatives to stop smoking traditional cigarettes. However, multiple studies have found that long-term smokers who give up traditional combustible […]

Town Hall: When Antitrust Protections Hurt Consumers

The current antitrust laws work fine, and they work for the benefit of consumers. However, if these laws are changed so they can be used to punish large tech businesses, then gone are the days of free apps, free search, free messaging, free delivery, and expanded consumer choice. Furthermore, by removing the consumer welfare standard, […]

ACI Files Comments with the Department of Labor on the Independent Contractor Rule

Today, ACI submitted comments regarding the Department of Labor’s proposed withdrawal of the Independent Contractor Status under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In our filing, we discuss the detrimental effects of the proposed withdrawal of the prior ruling and its potential impact on 59 million Americans who work as independent contractors. As Americans look for […]

ICYMI: US Postal Service Reform Could Offer USPS Enduring Fiscal Health

ICYMI: President and CEO of the American Consumer Institute (ACI) Steve Pociask recently opined in RealClearPolicy that the U.S. Postal Service needs reform in order to solve its ongoing financial problems. He optimistically notes that both Congress and leadership in agency recognize there is a problem and have expressed willingness to problem solve these issues, […]

The Dangers of Politicizing Antitrust – with Joshua Wright

The desire of both conservatives and liberals to use antitrust to resolve a slew of political issues with big tech displays a profound misunderstanding of what antitrust regulation is, its role in protecting consumer welfare, and guaranteeing a competitive market. This podcast episode explores these issues with Joshua Wright, law professor at George Mason University, […]