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 The regulations, however, are eerily similar to those previously repealed that devastated the rail industry nearly 50 years ago.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 […]

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. […]