Amid news reports late today of yet another tech-focused antitrust lawsuit from 36 states plus the District of Columbia, National Taxpayers Union (NTU) President Pete Sepp offered the following statement:
"Another day, another lawsuit against a tech company from state Attorneys General (AGs) ... and taxpayers keep asking, why is this such a priority for state governments? Late last year, polling in five states found that solid majorities of voters thought "big tech" investigations were a poor use of time and tax dollars. And just last week, a coalition of 14 organizations warned Congress against granting a request from dozens of AGs -- many of whose states are flush with money -- for federal tax dollars to pursue even more antitrust activities. Consumers' and taxpayers' well-being, not attention-seeking from governments or bestowing artificial advantages on competitors, should guide antitrust policy. Otherwise, our entire economy is in for tougher times ahead."