Lincoln Journal Star: Don’t Overregulate Nebraska Railroads

The importance of transportation to Nebraska consumers and the economy, including sectors such as agriculture and manufacturing, cannot be overstated. Located with access to key markets in the Midwest and beyond, Nebraska plays a key role in U.S. and international supply chains. These systems have come under increased pressure in recent months, causing Americans to […]

FreightWaves: How Forced Access Can Harm Consumers: Q&A With Steve Pociask

Rail shippers face the potential for new regulations. One specifically, would require railroads to share their privately-owned infrastructure. One skeptic of this regulation is Steve Pociask, an economist with the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research, a nonprofit think tank that aims to examine how public policy impacts consumers. He co-authored an October 2021 report with Liam […]

The Hill: Rail Regulators Should Continue 40 Years of Success, Not Return to Failed Policies

History shows that ending onerous rail regulations was an indisputable success, proving that railroads could thrive, and deliver tens of billions of dollars of economic benefits to consumers. There is nothing about the current railroad industry challenges that conclusion. As the U.S. supply chain faces unprecedented challenges and consumers see marked price increases for the […]

Townhall: Government Regulations Threaten to Derail Consumers

Freight rail has been an unquestionable success of government deregulation. Since deregulation was passed over forty years ago, America’s rail freight industry has gone from the brink of collapse to one of the most efficient and productive. A recent report from the American Consumer Institute (ACI) has highlighted this fact, showing since the passage of the Staggers […]

Town Hall: Back to the Past for America’s Freight?

As the Administration eyes increasing regulations on the rail industry, it is important for policymakers to understand that prices declined and investments increased in the aftermath of freight rail deregulation that occurred decades ago. With the benefits of regulatory reform in mind and given the significant number of goods that are moved on freight trains […]

Congress Must Avoid Overly Restrictive Facial Recognition Legislation

The House Judiciary Committee recently debated the merits of facial recognition technology and what, if any, action the federal government should take in regulating its use. Both Republicans and Democrats are concerned about the potential for companies and law enforcement to abuse this technology, with Republicans being concerned about it violating constitutional rights and Democrats […]

ACI Comments on Proposed Debit Card Routing and Regulations

Today, ACI filed comments with the Federal Reserve regarding its proposed changes to debit card interchange fees and routing options. ACI raised numerous concerns about the Federal Reserve proposal, including how the proposed changes would increase fraudulent debit transactions and reduce consumer benefits. The filed comments are available online.

Counting the Costs of Federal Regulations

President Joe Biden’s recent affinity for ‘big government’ is no secret. Between funding social justice workshops for artists and ringfencing parts of the Pacific to save the whales, President Biden is putting the federal government into overdrive and overdraft to advance his agenda. But the cost of these ambitions may be much higher than the […]

Increasing Internet Regulations Will Hurt Consumers

The President Biden’s impending appointment of a new Democratic chair to the FCC will will undoubtedly rekindle an effort to reimpose public utility-style regulations on internet services. The return of these internet regulations, referred to as net neutrality, would be incredibly harmful to consumers and the broader economy. The passage of the Open Internet Order […]

Townhall: Europe Takes A Hammer to Big Tech –The U.S. Could Follow

While the Digital Markets Act is not yet European law, its likely passage could fundamentally alter how American tech firms such as Facebook, Apple, and Google operate on the continent. Unfortunately, the legislation represents clear evidence of Europe’s growing hostility to American tech and a desire to penalize external competition. The real concern is that […]