Shedding the Regulatory Burden on Solar Power Will Help Consumers and the Environment

COVID-19 has wrought havoc across the nation’s industries, and solar power has been no exception. While discussions about supporting renewable energy typically debate the merits of government intervention, little consideration has been given to existing onerous solar regulations. Slashing these costly regulations could springboard the solar power industry out of its COVID-19 slump and benefit […]

H-1B Workers are Needed to Temporarily Fill the Domestic STEM Shortfall

With the economy still reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic, there are growing calls to ease competition in the labor market by restricting immigration. But these policies overlook the fact that highly educated foreign graduates from U.S. universities act as a stopgap for a shortage of American STEM graduates. Before taking aim at H-1B visa workers, Capitol Hill […]

Letter to the President in Support of a Regulatory Relief EO

Today, a group of 35 organizations, including the American Consumer Institute, sent a letter to President Trump urging him to sign an executive order that would provide regulatory relief as businesses start back up. As many regulations were waived during the COVID crisis, the executive order would ask that waivers be continued until regulations were […]

The Center Square: Deregulation Helps Freight Industry Thrive Without Federal Bailout

After $3 trillion in federal stimulus money went to individuals, corporations, hospitals and numerous industries, the Class 1 freight industry has maintained its transportation operations and provided critical resources nationwide without asking for, or receiving, federal taxpayer money. Other industries and lawmakers can look to how the freight industry has weathered the economic downturn and […]

Targeting H-1B Visas Won’t Help Fight COVID-19, But Will Delay Recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a significant blow to America’s economy and countless Americans will be looking for jobs in the coming months. To ease competition in the labor force, four senators are pushing for a ban on certain temporary workers. But the plan would also block highly-educated workers from coming to America on H-1B visas. Rather […]

Real Clear Policy: Big Government is Back. What Does it Mean for Industry?

Experts can quibble about the pros and cons of such government largesse — after all, it is not the business community’s fault that the virus shuttered much of the U.S. and global economies. But what is not up for debate is that our nation will be forever altered. Many firms will not survive, and many […]

Proposal to Ban all Mergers Shortsighted

Today, ACI joined a coalition of 26 other organizations to send a letter to Congress that opposes legislative attempts to prevent efficient market organization. A recent attempt to ban mergers using the “pandemic” as convenient cover is very disingenuous and most certainly not beneficial to struggling businesses during this crisis. You can read the letter […]

Post Office Reports Staggering Loss Despite Increased Revenues

“Newly appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy will inherit a Post Office with continual losses, and with a business plan that is so fundamentally flawed that USPS leadership has refused to address this problem. Hopefully, DeJoy can use his considerable experience in logistics to restore USPS to an agency that will keep delivering for consumers and […]

Coalition Guidelines in Support of IP Protections

As World Intellectual Property (IP) Day approaches, ACI joins 75 other organizations in promoting their IP guidelines. IP protection is essential in protecting the rights of artists, authors, entrepreneurs, innovators, and inventors; and this protection is key to spurring entrepreneurship, innovation, competitiveness, economic growth, and consumer welfare. The Guidelines are available online.

Emergency Small Business Loans are Leaving Out Local Media Outlets

Countless small businesses are facing tough decisions as the Coronavirus pandemic stretches on. In an attempt to help struggling businesses that have been hit hard by social distancing measures, lawmakers launched the so-called Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) on April 3. But unclear terms and other glitches are making it hard for businesses to cash in […]