USPS – Goes Through the Motions

For 2014, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) revenue grew by $569 million and packages delivery grew a healthy 9%, but USPS loses totaled $5.5 Billion.  The loss is in line with the $5.7 billion in pre-funded retiree benefits that Congress requires it to pay.  In the period 2010 through 2014, USPS lost a cumulative $40 […]

ConsumerGram: Time to Revisit Trucking Regulations

A number of reports have explored ways to improve transportation efficiency by increasing the length of less than truckload (LTL) twin trailers from 28 feet to 33 feet, while not increasing truck weight. This ConsumerGram reviews the empirical evidence of the proposal, and finds that increasing trailer length would not only significantly lower transportation costs, […]

ACI Letter to Senator Thune on STELA Reauthorization: Let’s First Have Comprehensive Reform

On June 7, 2014, The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research submitted a letter to Senator Thune regarding the upcoming STELA reauthorization.  The text of the bill is as follows: ________________________________________________________   July 7, 2014 The Honorable John Thune United States Senate SD-511 Washington, DC 20510 Dear Senator Thune: As you consider STELA reauthorization, the American […]

Was Ending Flood Insurance Reforms Part of Eric Cantor’s Undoing?

A political earthquake struck Washington last week with Rep. Eric Cantor’s defeat in Virginia’s GOP primary. The stunning loss has already been blamed on a myriad of factors, from Cantor’s support for immigration reform to low turnout in the district. One angle that has gone unexamined, however, is Cantor’s critical role in undoing flood insurance reforms […]

Christenson Writes on The Hill’s “Congress Blog”

Zack Christenson, a regular contributor for ACI, wrote an execellent piece on how cable/video service reforms will increase competition and benefit consumers.  Zack’s piece, published on THE HILL’s “Congress Blog” is available here.