Letter to Congress: Stop Putting Self-interest Before the Public Interest

In the face of the coronavirus outbreak and as the U.S. House of Representatives prepares to vote on the second economic stimulus plan, a coalition of 26 organizations sent a letter to the House calling on members to do the right thing and stop holding the American people hostage to pursue a policy agenda of […]

Lobbyist Greed and Political Pork are Infecting the Next Coronavirus Stimulus Package

The White House and both sides of the aisle in Congress are rushing to put together a stimulus package to limit the economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. While the full extent of the economic fallout from the coronavirus crisis is yet to be determined, the global economy is facing dramatic turbulence. 72% of Americans […]

States Should Follow Arizona’s Occupational Licensing Reform

Over 750 people now have jobs in Arizona because of universal occupational licensing. In a report from the Goldwater Institute, after Arizona passed a bill last year that recognizes out-of-state occupational licensing, workers that moved into the Grand Canyon State were able to find work without having to retrain for a professional license. While this […]

The Hill’s Congress Blog: Proposed Rail Regulations Are Bad for Consumers, Workers and the Environment

Undermining railroad investment is a dangerous risk that could eventually lead to underperformance by railroads, produce financial losses, and increase market shares for the trucking industry. As trucking increases, environmental concerns increase along with congestion and added pollution. Compared to trains, trucks create three times more pollution per ton. By one estimate, taxpayers will face […]

The Economic Standard: How Charter Schools Could Lower Your Property Tax

In Idaho, residents are concerned with rising property taxes, pushing legislators to consider freezing them all together. Meanwhile in Greenville, North Carolina residents are worried about reappraisals that are also raising property taxes. Yet, the solution to lower property taxes should be no mystery. With 30 percent of property taxes going towards education, residents would […]

Pet owners and New York’s Plastic Bag Ban

Earlier this month, New York City banned plastic bags entirely, forcing consumers to either bring their own bag or pay 5 cents for a paper bag. While the intent is laudable, the decision is troublesome as businesses will see increased costs, while paper bags are worse for the planet than their plastic counterparts. Moreover, since […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

ACI Submits Comments to the FCC Regarding Robocalls

Today, ACI submitted reply comments in response to a Public Notice released by the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission providing input for a staff report on call blocking as required by the Commission’s Call Blocking Declaratory Ruling and Third Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. You can read the filing here.