The Danger for Wisconsin Consumers and the Nation of Over-Regulating Freight Rails

As the nation tries reboot portions of the economy from the coronavirus pandemic, policymakers in the nation’s capital will have to steel themselves against a natural tendency to overregulate and thus blunt any recovery. The potential economic ripple effect of federal regulation was certainly on the mind of Sen. Ron Johnson when he recently warned the leaders of a […]

Coalition Opposes Continuing Taxpayer Funded Energy Subsidies

Today, ACI joined twenty-three other nonprofit organizations in opposition to extending production tax credits and investment tax credits that are used to subsidize solar and wind energy. The intent of the subsidies was to give initial support these “infant” industries. Now, after years of support and an established foothold for these industries, solar and wind […]

North Carolina Drivers Deserve Transparency and Competitive Prices

Several years back, the American Consumer Institute conducted a survey and found that 80% of North Carolina drivers would oppose any plan that to make good drivers pay more so that risky drivers could pay less. That is not surprising, considering better drivers tend to have fewer accidents and violations, making them less risky and […]

Flavor Ban Hurts Smokers Looking for Harm Reduction

By Elizabeth Sheld The public was sold a false bill of goods by “grassroots” anti-vaping activists when they crusaded against e-cigarettes and e-cigarette flavors in front of city councils, state houses and the U.S. Congress throughout 2019. We were told that the seductively delicious flavors of Juuls and other e-cigarettes were luring youngsters to dangerous nicotine […]

The Necessity of Protecting End-to-End Encryption

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, with so much of our daily and professional life being reliant on online connectivity, internet privacy and security are more crucial now than ever. A great deal of internet privacy currently relies on the implementation of unadulterated end-to-end encryption, a system that ensures only the sender and receiver have the capability […]

Coalition Letter Supports Efforts to Help in the Economic Recovery from COVID

ACI joined a large coalition of groups in support of the expansion of full expensing provisions in the U.S. tax code. The CREATE JOBS Act proposes to allow business investments, Research and Development, and capital expenditures in rental and commercial structures to be fully expensed, rather than depreciated. That provision will act as an bold […]

ACI Files with the EPA Requesting a Chemical Risk Evaluation of D4

Today, ACI filed comments with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), requesting the EPA to conduct a timely, transparent, and scientifically-sound risk assessment of D4 (octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane). In our comments, ACI emphasized that conducting a timely risk assessment of D4 will further help provide clarity for consumers and business owners on this chemical substance. You can read the EPA filing online.

Real Clear Energy: Biden’s Clean Energy Plan Will Fix Everything and Nothing

The year 2020 has been one of upheaval and change, but the American love for the outdoors has remained constant. Unsurprisingly, climate change and protecting the environment are two key issues in this year’s election cycle. To pitch his vision for the future, former vice president Joe Biden has unveiled his revamped plan “to build a modern, sustainable infrastructure […]

Coalition Letter Calls for Liability Protections to be Included in the Next COVID Relief Bill

A coalition of 20 Groups sent a letter to House and Senate leadership asking that that the next COVID-19 relief bill include liability protections for businesses, schools, and nonprofits in compliance with public health guidelines. The letter, which was also signed by ACI, strongly supports Congressional efforts to ensure that liability protections for innovative companiesare […]

Inside Sources: Study Meant to Promote Municipally Owned Broadband Actually Does the Opposite

With the COVID-19 pandemic highlighting the persistent “digital divide” between low-income and rural Americans and the rest of the country, Congress is poised to allocate significant funding for broadband expansion. How it does so, however, will have a big effect on consumers and taxpayers. One strategy is to encourage municipalities to build and operate their […]