Through the EV credit, the government picks winners and losers. Large automakers and wealthy consumers line their pockets with ordinary taxpayers’ money. Instead of doubling down by extending this unfair and ineffective program, it’s time to repeal the EV credit for good. To read this op-ed, visit The Hill’s Congress Blog.
On January 31, 2018, the American Consumer Institute (ACI) filed its comments with the United States Postal Regulatory Commission regarding the United States Postal Service’s Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Compliance Report. In the filing, ACI states “given the Postal Service’s dire fiscal position and clear deterioration of core services – from both a performance and […]
The Pilot Would Study the Feasibility of Replacing Federal Fuel Taxes WASHINGTON, D.C., January 30, 2019 – The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI) released today a ConsumerGram that analyzes the use of an alternative funding mechanism for the Highway Trust Fund. America’s roads and highways are becoming increasingly congested and structurally deficient. […]
The latest Federal shutdown was 35 days long. The shutdown had been rumored for a month or more before the actual start. What a Christmas present it was! The January 25th end of the shutdown was accompanied by a threat: “If we don’t get a fair deal from Congress, the government will either shut down […]
ACI joins a coalition of think tanks in calling for Congress to restore the longstanding users-pay/users-benefit principle that would better support the Highway Trust Fund and related infrastructure projects. You can read the letter here.
Banks Regularly question the legitimacy of credit unions’ exemption from federal taxes. The casual observer may wonder why credit unions, which take deposits and make loans, are treated differently for taxes purposes than are banks which perform like services. The justification comes from unique functions performed by credit unions. The exemption from taxation was explained […]
Do households earning $200,000 per year need taxpayer assistance to purchase electric cars? Congress seems to think so. Since 2008, the electric vehicle (EV) tax credit has given electric car buyers up to a $7,500 tax credit when purchasing a qualifying vehicle. Under current law, the credit exists until a manufacturer sells its 200,000th car, […]
Picking winners and losers in the marketplace should be business of consumers, not the job of the government. Perhaps one day advances in technology will make electric vehicles more affordable, reliable and convenient than internal combustion vehicles. When that day comes, electric vehicle makers will thrive because of market competition and consumer choice, not government […]
Removing the cap on the EV tax credit would entrench an unfair, ineffective policy. Instead of magnifying the EV tax credit’s harmful effects, Congress should repeal it. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) recently introduced the Fairness for Every Driver Act to do just that. It’s time to level the playing field between all vehicle types and […]
If you’ve ever hired a plumber, got your hair cut, or remodeled your home, you probably overpaid. Thanks to government occupational licensing regulations, prices for those services — and thousands more — are artificially inflated, benefiting a select few at the expense of millions of American consumers. More than 1,000 occupations — including plumbers, barbers, […]