Most state laws that require regular safety inspections for passenger vehicles were passed more than 75 years ago, at a time when motor vehicle fatalities per mile traveled were about 8 times higher than in the 21st century and vehicles lacked many of the safety features we benefit from today. A growing number of states […]
As “Silicon Valley” has grown into a household term, it’s become easier to take for granted one of the most important family of chemicals used in electronics today: silicones. Silicones’ contributions to and use in the electronics industry are vast. But now, regulatory threats to silicones have emerged abroad. Given their value, it’s dismaying to […]
A coalition of taxpayer and consumer groups is urging the U.S. Senate to reject a proposal to reimpose federal price control regulations on air travel that have long been proven to hurt consumers and drive up costs for taxpayers. The so-called “FAIR Fees Act,” which is currently part of the Senate’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) […]
The Postal Service often envisions itself as an independent self-sustaining business. However, to reach this point, it must provide Congress with strong assurances that each of its commercial functions are independently viable. To read this op-ed, visit Inside Sources.
Illegally downloading copyrighted material is a federal felony but streaming the exact same content over the internet is only a misdemeanor and carries much lighter penalties. Despite the fact that broad access to faster, cheaper internet connections has spurred tremendous growth in the streaming of copyright-infringing content, which now accounts for the majority of piracy […]
This op-ed looks at legislation, introduced in Georgia, that seeks in increase the crew size on trains. Unfortunately, the regulations would not increase train safety. Instead, it would increase shipping cosst of consumer goods, thereby pushing more freight to trucks — all of which would increase traffic accidents, infrastructure wear and tear, and emissions. To […]
The trade spat between the U.S. and China took an ugly turn threatening high-tech materials for motors, generators, and batteries. Recently, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited a Chinese rare earth element (REE) factory. We should see his visit as an implicit threat that he would consider cutting off supplies of REE materials needed by huge […]
A legal case worthy of a TV drama is unfolding in Texas — with much at stake for American companies and consumers. The dispute over trade secrets — which resulted in a massive $706 million jury award last year and has since been reportedly exposed as an elaborate fraud — has now been appealed. But […]
For years, despite compelling evidence that burdensome occupational licensing rules hurt most workers and consumers, such restrictions only grew more onerous and complex. That’s finally beginning to change, with Arizona leading the way. You can read this op-ed at Inside Sources.
The following statement can be attributed to Steve Pociask, President of the American Consumer Institute, regarding today’s decision by the U.S Department of Transportation and Federal Railroad Administration to abandon an Obama-era proposal to force all railroads to operate with two people in the cab of a locomotive: “American Consumers won today with this ruling, […]