All road users should pay for maintenance, not just delivery customers

In search of new transportation funding, Utah is considering implementing a retail delivery fee. The implications of this policy for food delivery customers would be substantial. Utah legislators should steer clear of the measure and consider other alternatives to maintain the state’s roads. As Utah’s revenue from its gas tax dwindles due to more citizens […]

Fitness substitutability extends beyond virtual reality

January puts fitness at the forefront of many people’s minds, as they make (and often abandon) New Year’s resolutions to get in shape. This plan could include anything from gym memberships and home workouts to any combination of fitness activities. However, a recent lawsuit by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) suggests a far more rigid […]

Preliminary investigation into soft drink vendors reveals FTC’s misplaced focus

This past week, Politico reported that major soft drink juggernauts Coca-Cola and PepsiCo were under preliminary investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for participating in “price discrimination” against small retailers. Their supposed crime? Offering better prices to their larger competitors. The federal antitrust agency believes that the companies may be guilty of violating an […]

The problem with today’s antitrust isn’t the FTC. It’s the unsupported theory it’s putting forth

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been grabbing headlines for attempting to eliminate non-competes and issuing record-breaking fines for child privacy violations. However, the proposed Tougher Enforcement Against Monopolies Act (TEAM) would put a pause on these actions by eliminating the agency’s authority over antitrust enforcement. Unfortunately, this move would have minimal impact. The problems […]

FTC should support contract clarity instead of banning non-compete agreements

In a misguided attempt to deter unfair competition, benefit workers and spur innovation, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has proposed a rule to ban enforcement of noncompete agreements. This proposal would impact the employer-employee dynamic and have implications for approximately 30 million American workers. The effects of non-competes are highly varied and contextual. To account […]

Nonprofit report finds occupational licensing is burdensome to workers, consumers

A new report called License to Work, published in November by the nonprofit Institute for Justice (IJ), has found that occupational licensing is responsible for depriving millions of Americans of opportunities at career advancement and unnecessarily driving up the price of goods and services. Occupational licensing is a form of government regulation that requires a […]

The Economic Standard: Commission caps produce higher prices, reduced choice for food delivery

Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has waned, consumers are still feeling the bruise of inflation. Food delivery customers haven’t been spared. As a result, cost-conscious diners have adjusted their purchasing habits.  This consumer behavior means less productivity and fewer benefits from a sector of the economy that boomed during the pandemic and provided millions of Americans with […]

Survey reveals plans to spend extra savings from student debt forgiveness on non-essentials

Amid legal uncertainty surrounding President Biden’s plan to forgive up to $400 billion in student loans over the next 30 years, a new survey by the education magazine Intelligent.com provides a revealing look at how many Americans plan to spend their extra savings. Published in October, the survey asked 1,250 individuals who have applied or […]

The DoL’s proposed rollback of the 2021 IC Rule would be too costly to bear

The Department of Labor (DoL) has extended its deadline for comments related to the 2021 IC Rule, a regulatory rule that provided clarity and distinction for determining independent contractor classification, for another 15 days. While the DoL claims that the rule failed to provide the clarity it set out to offer and that its proposal […]

ACI Files Comments on Department of Labor’s Proposed Worker Classification Rulemaking

Today, the American Consumer Institute (ACI) filed comments in response to the Department of Labor’s Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding the classification of workers as employees or independent contractors. ACI’s filing warns against a stricter standard for independent contractor status, considering the risks of denying freelancers access to a work structure they find satisfactory, restricting […]