Congress Must Reduce Heavy-Handed Rail Regulations to Protect Consumers

With the upcoming Surface Transportation Board hearings (on December 12th and 13th), ACI joined a coalition to call on Congress to resist attempts to increase rail regulations, which would only served to increase consumer prices and reduce industry investment. The coalition letter is available online.

How Labor Regulations Designed to Help Employees Leads to Fewer Jobs

American economic growth has been steady for years with record lows of unemployment. Yet new labor regulations are threatening to undo all of that and put millions of Americans out of work, according to a new study by the American Consumer Institute. Often these regulations are passed with the intention of helping people find work, […]

Real Clear Energy: New Freight Regulations Would Derail U.S. Energy Independence

As the United States inches closer to becoming completely energy self-reliant, it is imperative that energy producers and communities across the country have the necessary flexibility to bring energy to the market. However, as our op-ed in Real Clear Energy points out, some regulators are considering the imposition of price regulations on railroads, which could […]

Capital Hill Event: Drug Pricing Policy Prescriptions for 2020

On September 25, 2019, the American Consumer Institute held a policy briefing called “Pricing Policy Prescriptions for 2020: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.” The event included guest speaker John Fund, along with the following policy experts: Krisztina Pusok, Director of Policy and Research at the American Consumer Institute (moderating); Robert Graboyes is a Senior […]

Archaic Alcohol Laws in the Modern Era

The North Carolina Liquor Control Board recently banned Utah-based beer company – polygamy porters – for sale, citing that the brand is “inappropriate.” Despite the absurdity of the decision, the problem runs much deeper. Across the nation, states have maintained alcohol monopolies which have prohibited businesses from flourishing. Instead of perpetuating monopoly controls on an […]

News Messenger: Texas Lawmakers Should Fight Mandates on Train Crew Sizes

Some policymakers and regulators are arguing that mandating minimum crew sizes for railroads would promote safety. If enacted, however, such regulations would raise the operating costs of freight railroads. That result, ironically, would lead to a heavier reliance on trucks, which is five times more dangerous than rail. That’s an odd way to promote safety. […]

Townhall: If the 2020 Candidates Really Want to End the Housing Crisis, This Is How They Could Do It

As candidates promise billion-dollar programs to correct for the lack of affordable housing, policymakers from across the aisle should focus on the regulations that keep an increasing number of Americans out of their dream home. To read this opinion piece, visit Townhall.  

The Divergence Between Reality and TV Ownership Regulations

The Internet revolution is changing our lives in terms of how we shop, where we work, how we bank, how we communicate and get local news, and where we receive music and video content. However, while there has been an explosion of local news and content sources online, the regulations that govern related markets have […]

5G Won’t Ruin Your Weather Forecast

The FCC is continuing to move quickly to free up spectrum for use by next-generation 5G networks that promise to deliver blazing fast speeds and usher in transformative new technologies. Unfortunately, misleading claims by some government officials could delay 5G’s rollout, depriving consumers of an estimated $1.8 trillion in benefits and endangering America’s leadership in […]