Dear Members of the Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services: As state and national organizations representing a wide range of U.S. taxpayers and consumers, we write today in opposition to LD 1117, Maine’s Act To Prevent Excessive Prices for Prescription Drugs, which seeks to impose pricing constraints on generic drug manufacturers. While working […]
Today, ACI joined 100 other groups from 47 countries, we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day with WIPO and the creativity, inventiveness, and entrepreneurial spirit protected by intellectual property rights around the world. Today, ACI joined 100 other groups from 47 countries to celebrate World Intellectual Property Day with WIPO and the creativity, inventiveness, and entrepreneurial […]
App stores have created a thriving market that serves both consumers and developers well. Imposing new restrictions that override existing contractual arrangements will harm this ecosystem while raising real concerns for consumers about privacy and security. For this reason, we oppose state regulations on online application distribution platforms. Here is the coalition Letter to Congress.
The role of local government-owned and operated broadband networks in the United States has been the subject of considerable debate for a while now. More recently, the Biden administration has unveiled “The American Jobs Plan,” which proposes $100 billion in spending on broadband to reach 100 percent coverage. The plan, among other things, “prioritizes support […]
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) […]
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 […]
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 […]
As plans to eliminate or change the current federal gas taxes are being proposed, this Fox TV feature explains why moving to a vehicle miles traveled fees plan is the best option to fund the ongoing costs for highway roads and bridges. The TV segment is available online.
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 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, […]