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 […]

Congress Should Make Temporary CMS Policies Permanent

Today, ACI joined thirty-five other organizations in calling on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) to make permanent a number of regulatory changes. During the COVID-19 Crisis, CMS made necessary improvements to rules that facilitated Telehealth applications, relaxed professional licensing guidelines, stemmed non-essential physician supervision, and waived HIPPA requirements that would allow provider-patient communication […]

The Hill’s Congress Blog: Proposed Rail Regulations Are Bad for Consumers, Workers and the Environment

Undermining railroad investment is a dangerous risk that could eventually lead to underperformance by railroads, produce financial losses, and increase market shares for the trucking industry. As trucking increases, environmental concerns increase along with congestion and added pollution. Compared to trains, trucks create three times more pollution per ton. By one estimate, taxpayers will face […]

Morning Consult: Forget the Derailed Policies of the Past and Put Rail Policy Back on Track

The Surface Transportation Board has recently proposed regulations that would control the prices and earning of railroad carriers. The regulations, however, are eerily similar to those previously repealed that devastated the rail industry nearly 50 years ago. The American Consumer Institute recently released a report on these newly proposed policies stating, in a nutshell, that the current proposed […]

Attempt to Create a New Tobacco Agency Will Not Work

The administration has requested a budget authorization to strip down the Food and Drug Administration Center for Tobacco Products. President Donald Trump, apparently, has the vision to create a new tobacco agency that isn’t an administrative monstrosity like the FDA. There’s no chance that the administration will get their request from Congress. No lawmaker in […]