New Study: Misguided Proposals to Reimpose Onerous Rail Regulation Would Jeopardize the Public Good

For much of the 20th century, federal regulators tightly controlled the railroad industry, including rail investment and prices. By the 1970s, several major carriers were on the verge of bankruptcy, and lawmakers, facing the prospect of costly bailouts, acted boldly and repealed onerous regulations, allowing market forces to re-energize the industry. In the 40+ years […]

U.S. Postal Service Kicks Off 2020 with More Fiscal Chaos While Dodging Meaningful Reforms

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 […]

New Study: Taxes on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages — A Policy Failure

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 […]

ACI Files Comments to U.S. Postal Regulatory Commission Proceeding

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 […]

Video Available: What Challenges Lie Ahead for Protecting Consumers?

A Conversation with FCC’s Evan Swarztrauber Description: Krisztina Pusok of ACI sits down with Evan Swarztrauber, Policy Advisor to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, to discuss the new year’s tech related consumer protection hot topics and what we might expect this year. We touch on topics such as bridging the digital divide, fighting robocalls, restoring internet […]