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 […]

Inside Sources: Science, Not Politics, Should Set Nicotine Regulation

When it comes to regulating smoking and nicotine products, people want science — not scaremongering. That’s the finding of a recent survey of more than 19,000 adults in 19 countries released by Philip Morris International (PMI). According to the survey’s findings, people want “science-based” decision-making when governments deal with challenges like ending smoking-related deaths or […]

Real Clear Policy: Congress Needs to Empower Gig Economy Workers

For many millions of Americans who work in the gig economy, connecting to customers through platforms like Uber and Airbnb, the COVID pandemic has brought severe financial hardship and uncertainty. On top of that, employment laws — which deter gig companies from providing hazard pay, cleaning supplies, or other benefits to their contractors — aren’t helping.  Congress […]

Misleading E-cigarette Claims Meet Reality

Vaping is as harmful as cigarette smoking. We face a youth vaping “epidemic.” E-cigarette flavors entice adolescents but provide minimal cessation benefits to adult smokers. As many people are initiated to smoking by e-cigarettes as those who successfully quit with their help. Sound familiar? These false and misleading statements about vaping and e-cigarettes have been […]

Shedding the Regulatory Burden on Solar Power Will Help Consumers and the Environment

COVID-19 has wrought havoc across the nation’s industries, and solar power has been no exception. While discussions about supporting renewable energy typically debate the merits of government intervention, little consideration has been given to existing onerous solar regulations. Slashing these costly regulations could springboard the solar power industry out of its COVID-19 slump and benefit […]

Letter to the President in Support of a Regulatory Relief EO

Today, a group of 35 organizations, including the American Consumer Institute, sent a letter to President Trump urging him to sign an executive order that would provide regulatory relief as businesses start back up. As many regulations were waived during the COVID crisis, the executive order would ask that waivers be continued until regulations were […]

The Center Square: Deregulation Helps Freight Industry Thrive Without Federal Bailout

After $3 trillion in federal stimulus money went to individuals, corporations, hospitals and numerous industries, the Class 1 freight industry has maintained its transportation operations and provided critical resources nationwide without asking for, or receiving, federal taxpayer money. Other industries and lawmakers can look to how the freight industry has weathered the economic downturn and […]

Real Clear Policy: Big Government is Back. What Does it Mean for Industry?

Experts can quibble about the pros and cons of such government largesse — after all, it is not the business community’s fault that the virus shuttered much of the U.S. and global economies. But what is not up for debate is that our nation will be forever altered. Many firms will not survive, and many […]