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 […]

Webinar Video: Competition, Consumer Protection, and Digital Platforms

Antitrust scrutiny of big tech continues to increase in the United States at both the federal and state level, and digital platforms are the target of these scrutiny efforts. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and a coalition of 48 state attorneys general recently filed two separate lawsuits against Facebook calling for the divestiture of Instagram […]

ACI Supports Final DOL Revisions to Independent Contractor Status

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) final rule which was issued today is a big win for consumers, small businesses, and the independent workers who value the flexibility independent contracting provides in selecting when and how to work. ACI applauds DOL’s efforts to establish clear and consistent standards that clarify the classification of employee or independent […]

Oregon Legislation Would Cut back on Food Delivery Services During COVID

The following is a statement by Krisztina Pusok, Directory of Policy and Research at ACI, regarding Oregon Bill LC 10: “We are very concerned with the repercussions that the proposed LC 10 could have on consumers and restaurants in Oregon. The proposal, which caps the fees that third-party sites can charge restaurants for deliveries to […]

BLOCKING Act Would Delay Patient Access to Cheaper Prescription Drugs

The Following is a statement from Krisztina Pusok, Director of Policy and Research at ACI: “ACI strongly supports Congressional efforts seeking to lower prescription drug prices for patients, consumers, and taxpayers. Unfortunately, the “Bringing Low-cost Options and Competition while Keeping Incentives for New Generics (BLOCKING) Act,” would achieve the exact opposite of what it is […]

ACI Files USPS Comments

Comments of American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research Regarding Docket No. RM2020-9, Submitted to the United States Postal Regulatory Commission December 15, 2020 The American Consumer Institute (“ACI”) hereby submits these comments to address issues surrounding potential modifications to the Postal Service’s costing methodologies. In ACI’s view, this exercise undertaken by the Commission to […]