Cut the U.S. Mail Subsidy for Chinese Products

U.S. public policy needs to ease the current economic woes by reworking the international e-commerce system now — a system that currently gives Chinese products artificially lower shipping prices. Here is an explanation of the issue: As fears of recession persist and supply chain constraints remain elevated, consumer markets are in increasingly vulnerable positions. Broadscale […]

The Hill: Congress Should End Electric Car Subsidies, Not Expand Them

Removing the cap on the EV tax credit would entrench an unfair, ineffective policy. Instead of magnifying the EV tax credit’s harmful effects, Congress should repeal it. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) recently introduced the Fairness for Every Driver Act to do just that. It’s time to level the playing field between all vehicle types and […]

Forbes: Postal Monopoly Abuse

A new study by a former US Department of Commerce official confirms something that many observers have long concluded – the US Postal Service overcharges its monopoly customers and then uses these proceeds to subsidize unregulated services in direct competition with the private sector. The study, conducted by economist Robert Shapiro, finds consumers are overpaying […]

Another Tax Subsidy for the Rich

On the surface, the concept of promoting rooftop solar energy, referred to as net metering, seems like a good idea, but a closer looks shows that it can produce many adverse consequences that lead to higher costs for consumers. Net Metering is a program that allows consumers to generate energy from rooftop solar panels for […]

Miami Herald and Tampa Bay Times Articles: Discuss ACI’s Independent Research and Data

A Miami Herald and Tampa Times article written by Mary Ellen Klas, “Report: Citizens Insures Thousands of Out-of State Policyholders,” discusses research and data from the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI) that finds Floridians are subsidizing homeowner’s insurance for out-of-state and foreign owners.  The article quotes Steve Pociask, president of ACI, and the […]

ACI Op-Ed in the Tallahassee Democrat: Citizens Still Subsidizing the Wealthy

Although the waters have been seemingly quiet this hurricane season, National Hurricane Center data reminds us that the Atlantic Ocean’s fourth named tropical storm usually doesn’t form until the end of August. With Andrea, Barry, Chantel and Dorian already named, it is possible this is the year that Florida’s good luck runs out.  According to […]

ACI in the Daily Caller: Time to End the Sugar Cartel

The op-ed, from ACI writer Alan Daley, can be downloaded at the Daily Caller Website. Since When Do We Coddle Cartels? The Farm bill (S. 954) plans for the US sugar cartel to continue the tradition of pillaging Americans. Already through the Senate, the bill needs House action, notably removal of government’s obligation to ally […]

The Big World of Government Subsidies — Where’s My Ride Voucher?

If you were working hard and caring for your family you might have missed some federal subsidies that parallel consumers’ spending.  The Consumer Expenditure Survey for 2011, shows an average household spent $64,000 and the top seven categories account for 87% of it.  Except for vehicle-related and entertainment, the federal government already offers subsidies in […]

Study Finds Floridians are Subsidizing Wealthy Foreign and Out-of-State Homeowners

With the start of the legislative session just weeks away, the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI) today released the whitepaper “Welfare for the Rich: How Citizens Insurance Corporation Harms Floridians.”  As a nonprofit educational and research institute that seeks to be a better and more reasoned voice for consumers, this paper analyzes […]