ACI Applauds Proposed Reforms To Florida’s Insurance Market

The Following is a Statement from ACI’s Policy Manager and Editor Edward Longe: “ACI praises the Florida Senate Judiciary Committee for advancing two bills that will provide much-needed reform to Florida’s insurance market. The State’s insurance market is currently facing a dual crisis of catastrophic storms and insurance fraud that are making policies unaffordable for […]

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 […]

During COVID, Rhode Island Proposes Regulations to Undermine Food Delivery Services

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 H 5205 could have on consumers and restaurants in Rhode Island. The proposal, which caps the fees third-party sites can charge restaurants for deliveries to 15%, although intended to […]

ICYMI on the US Postal Service: The Delusion of Postal Profits

ICYMI: President/CEO of the American Consumer Institute Steve Pociask published an op-ed in The Federal Times opining that even though the U.S. Postal Service’s recent quarterly financial report which showed a modest net gain for the first time in years, it is too soon to celebrate. He points out the USPS has lost over a […]

ACI Submits Testimony Regarding Maryland’s House Bill-134

Today, ACI filed testimony on a Maryland House bill that proposes severe restrictions on the sale of e-cigarettes and vaping products. In our testimony, we find that HB-134, if enacted, would significantly harm consumer welfare and lead to avoidable negative health outcomes. The provisions in this legislation would be particularly harmful to Maryland’s consumers because […]

ACI Urges Maryland’s Legislature Not To Tax Online Advertising

The following is a statement by Krisztina Pusok, Directory of Policy and Research at ACI, regarding Maryland’s Digital Ad Tax: ACI strongly urges Maryland’s legislature not to overturn Governor Hogan’s veto of HB732 (Tobacco Tax, Sales and Use Tax, and Digital Advertising Gross Revenues Tax). The proposed digital ad tax, while vaguely worded, would have […]

ACI Files Testimony With the Maryland Senate

In ACI’s filed testimony today, we cite medical studies showing that vaping is 95% safer than combustible products and effective in weening smokers away from harmful combustible tobacco products. Yet, two Senate proposals attempt to restrict its access, classify vaping and tobacco products the same, and ban flavors that have been shown to help smoker […]

Letter Urges Congress Not to Change Antitrust Laws to Target Firms

Today, ACI joined a coalition of groups urging Congress to oppose changes to our antitrust standards that would drive courts to break up and destroy American technology companies. We believe that antitrust regulators and lawmakers should adhere to the prudent, decades-old consumer welfare standard, which has long been a foundation for antitrust enforcement and that […]

Coalition: Protect the Consumer Welfare Standard

Today, ACI joined a group of organizations and prominent scholars to warn Congress not to change the current consumer welfare standard for conducting antitrust enforcement. That standard tests whether consumers benefit or lose from changes in market efficiency, quality and price, and it is used to determine if antitrust actions are needed. Today’s coalition letter […]

Coalition Letter Calls for the Withdraw of the Proposed ICTS Rule

This week, ACI joined a coalition letter, calling on the Commerce Department to withdraw or significantly amend the proposed rule Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply [ICTS] Chain.” The proposed rule would grant the Secretary of Commerce broad, significant, and undefined powers over small and large American businesses, and could have the […]