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 […]
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 […]
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.
ACI joined a coalition to send a letter to Congress in opposition to government price controls on Aluminum. You can read the letter online.
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 […]
Today, the American Consumer Institute joined a large coalition of groups raising concerns over potential regulations that would significantly expand the Department of Commerce’s discretion in blocking technology transactions and purchases. The letter is available online.
The following is a statement by Dr. Krisztina Pusok, Director of Research and Public Policy, regarding the Senate Bill 2878, also cited as the Facial Recognition Technology Warrant Act of 2019: ”The American Consumer Institute applauds the introduction of the Facial Recognition Technology Warrant Act of 2019 (S. 2878) sponsored by Senator Lee and Senator […]
Today, the FCC’s Consumer Advisory Committee filed a recommendation in regard to efforts to dramatically reduce unwanted robocalls. This recommendation dealt with caller ID authentication issues. The recommendation can be viewed here.
Today, ACI filed comments regarding the reporting requirements of exempt organizations. The filed comments are available here.