The Economic Standard: After 10,000 Postal Documents, No Business Plan in Sight

As the U.S. Postal Service remains a topic of great interest for lawmakers, taxpayers, and the general public, a non-profit group, American Oversight notably received a vast trove of documents dating back to early 2020. The collection of nearly 10,000 pages released on September 17th includes communications of former Postmaster General Megan Brennan on the subject of the […]

New International Tax Plan Will Come at the Expense of Consumers

Efforts in the last couple of years to produce a new international tax plan to deal with the growth and effects of the digital economy may soon become a potential windfall for many international governments. As countries struggle across the globe from the COVID-19 health crises and the economic turmoil, these countries find themselves needing […]

The Economic Standard: Claims about USPS Mail Delays Omit the Facts and Current Realities

With only a few weeks to go before the US Presidential Election, the subject of the U.S. Postal Service’s operational capacities, and specifically, the agency’s ability to handle election mail has drawn an inordinate number of commenters, pundits, and doomsayers into what has been a longstanding debate. Contrary to many insinuations, long-time leaders of USPS maintain that the organization […]

ACI Files Comments Regarding Proposed Rules for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae

RE: Comments to RIN 2590-AA95 Dear Mr. Pollard: In these brief comments, the American Consumer Institute (“ACI”) seeks to respond to the FHFA 2020 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. ACI is a nonprofit (501c3) educational and research institute with the mission to identify, analyze and project the interests of consumers in selected legislative and rulemaking proceedings […]

Real Clear Policy: Postmaster General is Delivering Important Postal Fixes

When Postmaster General (PMG) Louis DeJoy took the helm of the United States Postal Service in May, he inherited a dismal situation and an extensive list of problems to solve after years of curious decision-making by management and ongoing failures to correct the agency’s troubling financial and quality performance. Prospects for the Postal Service’s independent […]

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 […]

Principles to a Federal Response Due to COVID-19

As Congress considers a federal response to state and local budget strains caused by the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of over 30 organizations, including the American Consumer Institute, sent a letter to Congress spelling out the principles needed for such a federal response — namely, be direct, transparent, fair, and responsible. You can read the […]

COVID-19 Makes Hurricane Preparation More Urgent

2020 has been an undeniably tough year already, and the hurricane season is projected to make it even tougher for communities along America’s eastern coast. Up to six major hurricanes are predicted, rising from an average of three, between the start of June though the end of November. Against the backdrop of an economy in […]

Letter to Congress: Don’t Reduce the Accuracy of Credit Reporting

ACI joins a coalition of nonprofits calling on Congress not to lower the standards for credit reporting. Reducing the predictability and accuracy of credit reporting would ultimately lead to lower scores for credit worthy consumers, thereby limiting their eligibility for home mortgage loans and other forms of credit. The letter can be read here.