Hill’s Congress Blog: Are Unions Biting the Hand that Feeds Them and Us?

Last week, Joe Biden’s vice presidential pick California Sen. Kamala Harris joined with United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) President Marc Perrone to attack grocery retail stores across the country, demanding they reinstate hazard pay for all employees on the frontline – with no regard to the significant economic ramifications that come with such a sweeping […]

Silver Lining in the Postal Service’s Dismal Q3 Financials

Last week, the United States Postal Service (USPS) released their Q3 financials, posting a staggering net loss of $2.2 billion. Unsurprisingly, the USPS continues to hemorrhage funds and is not yet independently sustainable without serious intervention. During the COVID-19 pandemic, system costs have grown, as product demand has shifted. To become economically viable, it is […]

The Danger for Wisconsin Consumers and the Nation of Over-Regulating Freight Rails

As the nation tries reboot portions of the economy from the coronavirus pandemic, policymakers in the nation’s capital will have to steel themselves against a natural tendency to overregulate and thus blunt any recovery. The potential economic ripple effect of federal regulation was certainly on the mind of Sen. Ron Johnson when he recently warned the leaders of a […]

Flavor Ban Hurts Smokers Looking for Harm Reduction

By Elizabeth Sheld The public was sold a false bill of goods by “grassroots” anti-vaping activists when they crusaded against e-cigarettes and e-cigarette flavors in front of city councils, state houses and the U.S. Congress throughout 2019. We were told that the seductively delicious flavors of Juuls and other e-cigarettes were luring youngsters to dangerous nicotine […]

Coalition Letter Calls for Liability Protections to be Included in the Next COVID Relief Bill

A coalition of 20 Groups sent a letter to House and Senate leadership asking that that the next COVID-19 relief bill include liability protections for businesses, schools, and nonprofits in compliance with public health guidelines. The letter, which was also signed by ACI, strongly supports Congressional efforts to ensure that liability protections for innovative companiesare […]

Misleading E-cigarette Claims Meet Reality

Vaping is as harmful as cigarette smoking. We face a youth vaping “epidemic.” E-cigarette flavors entice adolescents but provide minimal cessation benefits to adult smokers. As many people are initiated to smoking by e-cigarettes as those who successfully quit with their help. Sound familiar? These false and misleading statements about vaping and e-cigarettes have been […]

Inside Sources: States Misuse Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement Funds

States across the United States misuse funds that are extracted from a landmark, multi-jurisdiction legal settlement reached with tobacco companies in November of 1998. Attorneys general for 46 states, Washington, D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico entered into the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA). The settlement promises the federal and state governments billions […]

Imagining Post-Coronavirus Labor Market Should Put Spotlight on Occupational Licensing Reform

Occupational licensing will have a profound impact on the U.S. economic recovery in a post-coronavirus world. At least 1 in 5 American workers holds an occupational license, a rate (for comparison) that far exceeds union membership. More than 1,000 jobs — ranging from electrical helpers to animal trainers to fortune-tellers — require a license in […]