Government taxes and fees account for more than one-fifth of the price of a typical domestic flight, making air travel one of the highest-taxed sectors of the American economy. Travelers pay a 7.5 percent excise tax, a $4.10 fee per flight segment, a commercial jet fuel tax, and a $5.60 security fee per flight segment, […]
ACI joined a coalition letter to the Federal Communications Commission in support of its pending Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding its so-called “KidVid” regulations. With the advent of the internet and the significant transformations in the children’s video programming marketplace in recent decades, the current rules governing children’s educational program is ripe for reform and […]
Montana’s House Bill 617 is a case of government over-regulation. It interferes with private contracts, will raise costs for Montana automobile purchasers, and it puts consumers private data in jeopardy – all with no evident benefit to Montana citizens. Consumers deserve better. The letter is available here.
Airports have recently intensified their lobbying efforts to raise the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) – possibly doubling the charge. A new report finds that increasing the PFC would suppress economic activity, reduce consumer benefits by billions of dollars, and cost thousands of jobs. On top of these harmful effects, increasing the PFC is unnecessary. PFC […]
The Founding Fathers understood that by protecting the proprietary rights of artists, authors, entrepreneurs, innovators and inventors, they were promoting the greater public welfare. The continued protection of these fundamental rights is essential to American innovation and competitiveness. Read these coalition guidelines to understand why.
When a family’s household budget is inadequate to pay prevailing prices for rental housing, they are desperate. Blinded by anxiety, these families and their advocates may see rent control as a viable solution. Rent control is an overly simplistic answer that shortchanges families, communities, building owners and municipalities. The State of Oregon is the most […]
Local governments considering the imposition of taxes on certain foods and sweetened beverage should take a long look at the tax disaster in Philadelphia. It’s been more than two years since Philadelphia began imposing a massive tax on sweetened beverages, and the bad news just keeps rolling in. Court documents now reveal that one of […]
If you’ve never heard of pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs), that’s the way they like it. While they administer drug plans for more than 230 million Americans, PBMs thrive on secrecy and a lack of transparency. Yet PBMs’ shady business practices deeply impact the lives of Marylanders by pushing up drug prices and limiting access to […]
In a buoyant economy like this, why do so many feel the grip of creeping gloom? In the 3rd quarter of 2018, the US GDP grew by 3%. Inflation scored a tame 1.6%. There are 7.3 million job openings available – more jobs available than there are unemployed people – 6.5 million in January 2019. […]
In fiscal year 2018, the USPS reported $3.9 billion in losses, up from the $2.7 bilion loss it experienced in 2017. It’s been over a decade since the USPS was last profitable, which is particularly concerning given that the agency was intended to be financially self-sufficient. Adding to its financial challenges, the USPS rarely meets […]