The Economic Standard: EV Subsidies are a Renewable Waste

As part of his recently released infrastructure plan, President Joe Biden has vowed to overhaul the American electric vehicle (EV) industry with $174 billion worth of spending. But in his rush to spread the cash around, President Biden appears to be doubling down on environmentally inefficient and socially regressive initiatives. Rather than wasting taxpayer money […]

Filed Testimony to the California Legislature: Don’t Price Regulate Food Deliver

Today, ACI, along with a coalition of policy groups, filed testimony with the California legislature in opposition to a bill that would institute price controls on restaurant food delivery services. The letter states that the establishment of a price control scheme for contracts between private third-party delivery platforms and restaurants (as proposed under AB 286) […]

Coalition Letter Calls for Pro-Growth Tax Policy

ACI and twenty-two other public policy organizations sent a letter to Capitol Hill calling for a number of tax relief measures that will aid in America’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. We state that “pro-growth tax policy that boosts GDP, jobs, and wages should be a legislative priority at any time but has taken […]

ICYMI: US Postal Service Reform Could Offer USPS Enduring Fiscal Health

ICYMI: President and CEO of the American Consumer Institute (ACI) Steve Pociask recently opined in RealClearPolicy that the U.S. Postal Service needs reform in order to solve its ongoing financial problems. He optimistically notes that both Congress and leadership in agency recognize there is a problem and have expressed willingness to problem solve these issues, […]

Real Clear Energy: Unplug Tesla Tax on the Poor

Nonetheless, forcing lower income taxpayers and energy ratepayers to fund the rollout of EV charging stations constitutes a Tesla tax on the less-wealthy. When Marie Antoinette was told that the poor could not afford bread, she reportedly said to “let them eat cake.” For Americans who are struggling in the wake of the pandemic, House […]

Real Clear Policy: Reform Could Offer USPS Enduring Fiscal Health

The USPS has a variety of issues it must remedy before it can adequately fulfill its mission to provide the nation with reliable, affordable, universal mail service. Nevertheless, if the correct procedures are put in place, the agency will be able to provide consumers with valuable services without financially relying on taxpayers. You can read the full […]

OECD Minimum Tax Rate Hurts the U.S. Economy

Last year, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) announced its two-pillar proposal to pursue the goals of transferring tax rights between nations, targeting profits of larger companies and multinational corporations, and instituting a cross-border minimum tax rate. The G-20 is gearing up for a meeting to discuss the first pillar of placing a […]

OECD Agreement Would Inflict Harm on Consumers

A proposed digital global tax on large tech corporations will be an important agenda item at the next meeting of G-20 finance ministers and central bankers scheduled to take place on April 7th. If an agreement is reached, member nations would place a new tax on large U.S. tech companies like Apple, Google and Amazon […]

Press Release: ACI Launches New Podcast Series

The American Consumer Institute (ACI) is excited to announce the launch of our new podcast series Policy-ish Talk hosted by Kris Pusok, ACI’s policy and research director.  Each episode of the Policy-ish Talk will treat you to an in-depth conversation with policy experts, industry leaders, and top academics to explore today’s toughest social, economic, and […]

Cities Have the Wrong Number on Cell Taxes

Cell phone taxes are putting a significant strain on the budgets of many Americans. A report published late last year by Scott Mackey at Leonine Public Affairs, LLP found that the average taxes consumers pay on wireless service increased again in 2020. While wireless costs everywhere are rising, cell taxes affect people differently in cities […]