Avoid Unnecessary Liabilities

One way the federal government subsidizes private industry is by assuming future liabilities. For example, Uncle Sam provides disaster insurance for oil companies, putting taxpayers on the hook for the costs of cleaning up oil spills. ...More

Taxpayers subsidize the nuclear power industry by guaranteeing repayment of billions of dollars in loans necessary to construct nuclear power plants.

Liabilities for private industries can be an especially dangerous form of subsidy, because the total cost to taxpayers is not necessarily reflected in the initial price tag. Huge, profitable companies like oil and gas companies do not need taxpayer subsidies, nor should Congress selectively prop up failing private companies by assuming their liabilities.

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Letters & Testimony

TCS VP Testifies at House Hearing on Water Settlements

May 24, 2016

TCS VP Testifies at House Hearing on Water Settlements Today, Vice President of Taxpayers for Common Sense, Steve Ellis, is at the House Committee on Natural Resources testifying on a deal... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Urges the House to Support Flood Insurance Bill

April 26, 2016

TCS Urges the House to Support Flood Insurance Bill On Tuesday, TCS sent a letter to the House of Representatives voicing its strong support for H.R. 2901 - the Flood Insurance Market Parity and... Read More

Letters & Testimony

Letter to House: “National Catastrophe Fund” Would Be Financially Catastrophic

April 21, 2016

Letter to House: “National Catastrophe Fund” Would Be Financially Catastrophic On Thursday, Taxpayers for Common Sense and six other oganizations sent a letter to the House of Representatives voicing the coalition's... Read More

Our Take

Peabody Declares Bankruptcy, Could Leave Clean-Up Costs to Taxpayers

April 14, 2016

Peabody Declares Bankruptcy, Could Leave Clean-Up Costs to Taxpayers The largest U.S. coal company declared bankruptcy Wednesday, potentially leaving $1.4 billion in clean-up costs to taxpayers.... Read More

Statements

TCS Statement: Peabody Declares Bankruptcy, Taxpayers On The Hook

April 13, 2016

TCS Statement: Peabody Declares Bankruptcy, Taxpayers On The Hook Today, the largest U.S. coal producer, Peabody Energy, which currently holds $1.4 billion in self-bonded clean-up or reclamation... Read More

Our Take

TCS President Ryan Alexander Tells BLM How to Improve Rule, Reduce Wasted Gas

March 03, 2016

TCS President Ryan Alexander Tells BLM How to Improve Rule, Reduce Wasted Gas Bureau of Land Management held another in a series of listening sessions on its proposed rule to reduce wasted gas from oil and gas operations on federal lands. ... Read More

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Just the Facts: The Federal Crop Insurance Program

May 13, 2016

Of the many federal subsidies for the agriculture sector, the federal crop insurance program is the most expensive. To help policymakers... Read More

Reports & Data

Disaster Spending Data Resources

January 28, 2016

To increase transparency and facilitate oversight of disaster-related relief spending, TCS has collected all, or most, of the publicly... Read More

Fact Sheets

Coal Bonding: Time to Revisit Self-Bonding Requirements

November 09, 2015

For centuries, coal producers in the U.S. regularly abandoned their mines when on-site operations ended, leaving tens of thousands of... Read More

Fact Sheets

Better Targeting Conservation Spending: The 2014 Farm Bill

September 30, 2015

Taxpayer dollars must be managed in a manner that produces measurable outcomes and the best return on investment. The United States Department... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Avoid Unnecessary Liabilities

Conflicts Swirl around San Joaquin Valley Irrigation Drainage Plan

May 25, 2016 | The Sacramento Bee - McClatchy

WASHINGTON - A proposal to solve a long-running San Joaquin Valley irrigation drainage dispute between the Westlands Water District and the... Read More

Safeguarding Homes from Flooding

May 24, 2016 | The Weather Channel

Steve Ellis, TCS Vice President, appears on The Weather Channel to discuss the deeply-indebted National Flood Insurance Program

Coal Industry Fuming over Obama’s Proposed Cleanup Rules

May 24, 2016 | Washington Examiner

The Obama administration is weighing new rules to stop bankrupt coal companies from passing on the cost of mine cleanups onto consumers. Even... Read More

Private Insurers Can Help Save Faltering Federal Flood Program

May 16, 2016 | Morning Consult

In one of the most partisan election years this country has seen in recent decades, members from the House of Representatives came together on... Read More

Viewpoint: Reform Flood Insurance

April 25, 2016 | Orlando Sentinel

The federal government's flood-insurance system is swimming in more than $23 billion of debt, and while some Florida lawmakers have proposed... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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February 12, 2016

Budgeting for the Last Time

The final budget of President Obama’s tenure was released this week. Coming out on Fat Tuesday was appropriate... Read More

TCS Celebrates 20th Anniversary