North Carolina Drivers Deserve Transparency and Competitive Prices

Several years back, the American Consumer Institute conducted a survey and found that 80% of North Carolina drivers would oppose any plan that to make good drivers pay more so that risky drivers could pay less. That is not surprising, considering better drivers tend to have fewer accidents and violations, making them less risky and […]

ABC-TV Charlotte: ACI Discusses Hidden Auto Fees

North Carolina has the only Rate Bureau system in the country that regulates auto insurance rates.  The outmoded regulatory regime imposes a hidden fee on good auto drivers to subsidy the rates of more risky auto drivers.  The issue has come up recently on several local TV stations, and most recently on ABC-affiliate WSOC in […]

Corporate Subsidies Are Not in Tennesseans’ Best Interest: The Case of Telephone Access Charges

In the realm of public policy, the most egregious form of tax comes from the imposition of hidden fees.  For telecommunications services, the prime example of this are what are referred to as access charges.  Access charges were once designed for telephone companies to recoup network costs by placing extra fees on long distance calls.  […]