California’s Solar Panel Mandate Only Worsens the Housing Crisis

Diversifying our sources of energy provides a variety of benefits, such as greater reliability and lower carbon emissions. While a new mandate for residential solar panels in California represents a step towards diversification, the regulations shift the financial burden onto the state’s poorest residents. At a time when the Golden State is blighted by an affordable housing crisis, legislators […]

Real Clear Public Affairs: California’s Occupational Licensing Laws Cost Consumers and Businesses Billions

For the benefit of consumers, entrepreneurs, and workers, state legislators need to pare back occupational licensing regulations. These cruel rules target the most vulnerable in society and burden consumers with artificially high costs. To read this op-ed, visit Real Clear Public Affairs.  

California’s Occupational Licensing Laws Cost Consumers and Businesses Billions

California is one of the most regulated states when it comes to occupational licensing. It is estimated that more than 20% of Californian workers need to acquire a license before they can even step into the workplace. Rather than protecting the public, these laws drive up costs for both businesses and consumers—while punishing the poor. […]

Coalition Letter In Support of Defunding Rail Project

A group of national organizations sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Transportation in support of efforts to pull $0.93 billion in federal grants from a California high-speed rail project.  Citing waste, the lack of oversight, delays, and noncompliance with the terms of the funding, the coalition letter also called for the return of […]

Daily Caller: Is California Preparing a Statewide Sugar Tax?

Attacks on consumer sovereignty are underway all across the country as politicians attempt to micromanage consumers’ dietary decisions through the tax code. One measure in particular has been adopted by a growing number of localities. So-called “sugar taxes” impose punitive costs on consumers purchasing sweetened beverages like soda, iced tea, and energy drinks. Imposing an […]

Coalition Letter: Repeal the Clean Air Act Waiver in California

Today, a coalition sent a letter to  the EPA Administrator, Scott Pruitt, asking the agency to revoke California’s waiver from the Clean Air Act, which allows the state to decouple from Federal policy and impose strict emission standards on automobiles. The letter notes California’s policy has contributed to higher costs for taxpayers and consumers, as […]

ACI in FORBES: Science Does Not Support Continuing California’s Waiver

California leads the nation in imposing anti-consumer policies that pick winners and losers in the marketplace to promote a larger policy agenda. That is certainly the case with the state’s Federal waiver from the Clean Air Act, which allows it to decouple from Federal policy and impose strict emissions standards on automobiles. But the scientific […]

San Bernardino Sun: Senior Housing Shortage Must be Addressed

There is an old Chinese proverb that states – “the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago; the second-best time is today.” A new study by the American Consumer Institute shows that California should heed that advice when it comes to building senior housing to accommodate the skyrocketing aging population the state […]

The Urgency for More Senior Housing — A California Case Study

This ConsumerGram looks at the impending surge in demand for senior housing in California and finds that policymakers need to take steps now to encourage investment by enacting policies that reduce the time and cost of development and make housing more affordable for seniors. Follow the links to read the entire ConsumerGram or ACI’s news release.