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 […]

ACI Files Comments with the Department of Labor on the Independent Contractor Rule

Today, ACI submitted comments regarding the Department of Labor’s proposed withdrawal of the Independent Contractor Status under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In our filing, we discuss the detrimental effects of the proposed withdrawal of the prior ruling and its potential impact on 59 million Americans who work as independent contractors. As Americans look for […]

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, […]

The Dangers of Politicizing Antitrust – with Joshua Wright

The desire of both conservatives and liberals to use antitrust to resolve a slew of political issues with big tech displays a profound misunderstanding of what antitrust regulation is, its role in protecting consumer welfare, and guaranteeing a competitive market. This podcast episode explores these issues with Joshua Wright, law professor at George Mason University, […]

POLICY-ISH TALK: The PRO Act Explained – with Liya Palagashvili

What is the PRO Act? How would it affect independent workers? What are the alternative policies and social safety nets that would make sense and benefit the growing independent workforce? On this episode, Liya Palagashvili, Senior Research Fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, joins Kris to share her perspective on these important […]

New Podcast Episode: Antitrust, the Consumer Welfare Standard, and Big Tech

The Consumer Welfare Standard (CWS) has been the bedrock of U.S. antitrust law for the past several decades. Today, there seems to be a bipartisan consensus that Washington should act to rein in big tech’s perceived power. In supporting antitrust actions against big tech, policymakers on both the left and right are trying to delegitimize […]

ACI on USPS’ Proposal to Restrict the Mailing of E-Cigarettes

Today, ACI filed comments with the United States Postal Service (USPS) in regard to a proposed prohibition on the mailing of vaping and e-cigarette products. In the filing, ACI pointed to the fact that, compared to tobacco products, the rule would deny consumers access to less harmful products — products that have been shown to […]

Misguided Proposal in Indianapolis Would Undercut Food Delivery Services

The Following is a Statement From ACI Director, Krisztina Pusok, Regarding Misguided Proposed Legislation That Would Undercut Food Delivery Services: “We are very concerned with the repercussions that the proposed Indianapolis General Ordinance could have on consumers and restaurants in Indianapolis. The proposal, which temporarily caps the fees third-party platforms can charge restaurants for deliveries to 15%, […]