Vice News has published a series of stories about how Trump’s presidency has damaged American businesses and is threatening the livelihoods of millions of Americans.
Among the stories published on Wednesday: -The U.S. Postal Service’s announcement that it will no longer deliver packages for online shoppers in 2019, citing the administration’s anti-competitive tactics.
The Postal Service has been facing a budget crisis, and in 2018, Congress created a special committee to oversee the agency’s operations.
The committee found that the Postal Service was “unable to achieve a level playing field with respect to the competition and prices it faces.”
The committee’s findings led to the Postal Regulatory Commission adopting new regulations that would require the agency to charge for each package it delivers.
The new regulations, which went into effect in September, have sparked protests from some consumer groups and retailers.
-A proposal to exempt small businesses from paying for the cost of online purchases and products that they create.
According to Vice News, a proposal that would exempt small business owners from paying sales taxes and fees on sales made through their own websites is currently under consideration in the Senate Finance Committee.
The proposal is opposed by retailers such as Amazon and Walmart, which argue that small businesses would be forced to compete with online retailers for customers, thus harming their business.
-The Department of Education’s new regulations for student loan servicing, which would force colleges and universities to raise fees on borrowers and students.
The Department of Justice is currently appealing a federal judge’s ruling that the administration was violating the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act by requiring college and university debt collectors to collect on student loans.
In March, the Trump administration announced a crackdown on collection agencies by ordering them to stop offering payday loans and other predatory loans.
The White House later rescinded the order, but it left the door open for the agencies to continue to charge fees for such loans.
-President Trump’s budget proposal would allow schools to charge tuition fees for online courses, and would also allow states to enact “unfair or discriminatory” state income tax policies that would benefit certain higher-income students.