Every quarter the United States Postal Service releases their financial statement, and every quarter it reveals grim losses that climb well into the hundreds of millions. For the first quarter of fiscal year 2020, the USPS has managed to hemorrhage $748 million in losses, an ominous sign as they limp into the new decade. The […]
Since 2014, eight U.S. cities have implemented sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) taxes. Several other cities and states are contemplating similar measures. SSB taxes are intended to curb sugar consumption and improve public health, but policymakers too often ignore the unintended consequences these measures provoke. This ConsumerGram examines the effects of SSB taxes, including their disproportionate impact […]
Professor Joseph Fuhr and ACI’s President, Steve Pociask, signed on to an important coalition letter, calling for the acceleration of the C-Band auctions at the FCC. You can read the entire coalition letter here.
The Trump administration recently announced that video game consoles will not be subject to the upcoming tariffs. While this might be good news for companies like Sony and Microsoft, the same benefit will not be extended to tabletop games. With increased prices on tabletop games, parents are indirectly encouraged to buy video games for their children, which […]
In Florida’s current justice system, anyone who feels that an insurance company has caused an unfair settlement of a claim can seek restitution in court. Unless they were parties to the original policy (a contract), they must wait until there has been a verdict or settlement in the original case. If an insurer fails to […]
It is no secret that the cost of prescription drugs is a major concern for Americans today. Around 79% of the public agree that the price of prescription medication is unreasonable. But while much attention is focused on the role of drug manufacturers, a new report details how almost half of consumer spending on brand-name […]
Comments of American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research Regarding Docket No. RM2017-3 Submitted to the United States Postal Regulatory Commission January 31, 2020 The American Consumer Institute (“ACI”) hereby submits these comments to address matters surrounding the recently revised notice of proposed rulemaking by the Postal Regulatory Commission (“the Commission”) aimed at modifying […]
there seems to be no end in sight for smokers to breathe easy. Even more unfortunate is how America’s policy on e-cigarettes has and will continue to influence other nations’ vaping policy. As the U.S. continues to grapple with this issue, we should be reminded that smoking is a global phenomenon and the decisions we […]
Momentum is building in many states to establish prescription drug “affordability” boards with the power to impose upper payment limits on drugs that are deemed unreasonably expensive. But as economic theory, as well as historical experience shows, such policies, like other forms of government price controls, produce shortages, economic inefficiencies, and, ironically, threaten patients’ access […]
Greg Walcher, a nationally known natural resources expert, recently wrote an analysis called “Certifiably Confusing.” His analysis discusses an ACI study called “Monopolization of Forest Certification.” You can read his article in the Grand Junction Sentinel or on his website.