The Economic Standard: Lawmakers provide crypto clarity

A bipartisan group of U.S. Senators — Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), John Boozman (R-AR), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and John Thune (R-SD) — recently introduced an important piece of legislation that, if enacted, would alleviate much of the regulatory confusion surrounding cryptocurrencies. While only 16 percent of Americans have ever used or purchased these digital tokens, the U.S. has […]

Do Food Trucks Threaten Brick and Mortar Restaurants?

Over the last 10+ years, and especially since the outbreak of Covid-19 and required outdoor dining, the pop-up restaurant phenomenon known as “food trucks” have provided Americans a new and unique alternative to traditional brick and mortar restaurants. Offering a diverse range of gourmet cuisines at convenient outdoor locations such as urban lots and beer […]

ConsumerGram: Will Ex Ante Antitrust Remedies Be the End of Permissionless Innovation?

Lawmakers and regulators are calling for blanket changes to longstanding antitrust regulations to counteract what some perceive to be market dominance by a handful of large technology firms. Some lawmakers are calling for the breakup of these firms and significant business restrictions, even if these actions invariably lead to a decrease in consumer welfare. While […]

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.