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 […]

Over-Regulating Silicone Could Devastate the Consumer Electronics Market

As “Silicon Valley” has grown into a household term, it’s become easier to take for granted one of the most important family of chemicals used in electronics today: silicones. Silicones’ contributions to and use in the electronics industry are vast. But now, regulatory threats to silicones have emerged abroad. Given their value, it’s dismaying to […]

The Augusta Chronicle: State Mandates on Train Crew Sizes Are aBad Idea

This op-ed looks at legislation, introduced in Georgia, that seeks in increase the crew size on trains. Unfortunately, the regulations would not increase train safety.  Instead, it would increase shipping cosst of consumer goods, thereby pushing more freight to trucks — all of which would increase traffic accidents, infrastructure wear and tear, and emissions. To […]

The Hill: Revisiting Small Loans Rules Crucial to Maintaining Access to Credit for Vulnerable Consumers

Access to credit is vital for families and communities to invest and grow. For the millions of Americans who rely on small-dollar loans as a last resort, the CFPB’s decision to reconsider placing additional restrictions on these loans should be welcome news. You can read this op-ed in The Hill.

Real Clear Markets: Why Crew Size Mandates For Trains Are A Really Bad Idea

Preventing railroads from capitalizing on technological innovations would hinder the industry’s ability to control its costs, reduce resources available for additional safety measures, and raise costs on businesses that rely on freight railroads to ship their goods to market. And there’s no evidence that safety would improve.