Politicians’ Love-Hate Relationship with Uber

You can’t have your cake and eat it too. Recently, presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg joined a rally in San Francisco to support Assembly Bill 5 (AB5), which would transition drivers from “contractor” to “employee” status. Despite his criticism of Uber and Lyft, Buttigieg’s staff have already spent $9,000 on the services in the first […]

In Going After Small-Dollar Lenders, Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez Would Empower the Real Loan Sharks

If bills were judged only by their titles, it would be hard to find fault in Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s latest proposal, the Loan Shark Prevention Act. But don’t be fooled. The crux of the bill is a 15 percent APR cap on all consumer loans, which would destroy the small-dollar lending […]

Excessive Occupational Licensing Regulations Hurt Consumers

Suppose there was a collection of laws, that cost the average American household $1,600 every year with little to no demonstrable benefit. You would hope voters would demand its repeal and policymakers would act swiftly to lift this needless burden. It turns out there are such laws — thousands of them, in fact. The culprits […]

Incoming Railroad Regulators Have a Chance to Save Billions in Consumer Benefits

The U.S. Senate seems poised to confirm three new members to the five-person Surface Transportation Board (STB), the agency responsible for regulating our nation’s railroads, including companies like CSX and Norfolk Southern in Pennsylvania. These nominations have been stalled for months, diminishing the STB’s ability to fulfill its mission to help ensure the free flow […]

Chicago Daily Herald: New Railroad Regulations Would Jeopardize $10 Billion in Annual Consumer Benefits

Slated to join the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB), the primary agency tasked with overseeing the financial functions of private U.S. freight railroads that maintain an outsized presence in Chicago, is former Metra Chairman Martin Oberman.  If confirmed – likely in the lame duck session in the U.S. Congress – Oberman will need to deal […]

The Hill: Incoming railroad regulators should protect consumer benefits

The Surface Transportation Board (STB) is considering rules that could drive up consumer costs and is unnecessary. If confirmed by the Senate in the next few weeks, the incoming members of the STB should recognize the lessons of history and oppose any effort to expand the use of forced access in the railroad industry. To read […]

Morning Consult: Effort to Regulate Airline Fees Would Hurt American Flyers

Some politicians, it seems, have trouble learning the lessons of history. An effort is underway in the U.S. Senate to create strict government price controls on airlines, a return to the era when federal bureaucrats set airfares, selected domestic routes and regulated flight schedules, which resulted in artificially higher prices, stifled competition, and a massive […]

U.S. Can Reclaim Global Leadership in Wireless

For decades, the United States has been at the forefront of technological innovation. It may be easy to take for granted, but the American record of accomplishment is unparalleled – from inventing the lightbulb, to walking on the moon, and even being the first to deliver 4G wireless. Throughout the years, Americans have come to […]

Pennsylvanians Are Ready For 5G Wireless Broadband

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is set to vote on March 22nd on a plan to streamline wireless infrastructure regulations, putting the U.S. on a firmer path to win the race to 5G. Of course, many Americans today would happily prefer to ignore the latest developments taking place inside our nation’s capital. But when it […]

The Hill: Surface Transportation Board Nominees Should Rebuff Rent Seekers

The Senate Commerce Committee will vet Trump administration nominees for the Surface Transportation Board (STB) this Wednesday, beginning the process of filling three vacancies at the independent agency tasked with oversight of the railroads. Make no mistake: while the STB may not garner the attention of cabinet agencies such as the EPA or even other […]