Cut Subsidies

The federal government subsidizes economic activities in different ways, including direct spending and tax cuts. Every year these subsidies cost taxpayers billions of dollars, yet the government often fails to monitor them for their effectiveness or necessity. ...More

Subsidies such as preferential tax treatment have been especially prone to lax oversight and underestimating the true cost to taxpayers. Loan guarantees, price guarantees, and disaster insurance are also examples of federal subsidies to private industries. Federal subsidies need to be accurately measured and routinely assessed to ensure that taxpayers receive a fair return on their investment. Profitable, well-established industries should not receive taxpayer subsidies in any form.

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Event Summary

TCS Co-hosts Panel on Fair Return for Publicly-Owned Natural Resources

February 08, 2016

TCS Co-hosts Panel on Fair Return for Publicly-Owned Natural Resources TCS and Project on Government Oversight hosted a panel discussion on how the federal government can better manage resources on federal lands.... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Urges Lawmakers to End Ethanol Blender Pump Spending

February 02, 2016

TCS Urges Lawmakers to End Ethanol Blender Pump Spending TCS sent the following letter urging Senators to prohibit the Secretary of Agriculture from spending $100 million on ethanol blender pumps.... Read More

Statements

TCS Applauds Federal Coal Program Review

January 20, 2016

TCS Applauds Federal Coal Program Review The ad below ran in the print edition of Politico on Wednesday, January 20th.... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Testimony on National Flood Insurance Reform

January 12, 2016

TCS Testimony on National Flood Insurance Reform Today, TCS Vice President Steve Ellis testified at a House Financial Services hearing on “How to Create a More Robust and Private Flood Insurance Marketplace.”... Read More

Our Take

FY2016 Taxibus - TCS Analysis Blog

December 16, 2015

FY2016 Taxibus - TCS Analysis Blog Ongoing analysis of the FY2016 Taxibus - the tax extenders and omnibus appropriations package recently released by Congress...... Read More

Our Take

U.S. Forest Service’s Tongass Timber Plan Proposes Increased Costs for Taxpayers

December 10, 2015

U.S. Forest Service’s Tongass Timber Plan Proposes Increased Costs for Taxpayers Taxpayers stand to lose $367.5 million over the next 15 years as a result of the proposed Tongass Land Management Plan amendment.... Read More

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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

Reports & Data

Report: Understanding Federal Subsidies for the Biofuels & Biomass Industries

September 09, 2015

This report examines the subsidies the ethanol industry has received over the last three decades on all steps of the supply chain, and how biofuel and biomass subsidies have allowed the federal government to pick winners and losers, distort energy and agriculture markets, and contribute to expansion and overproduction of certain types of bioenergy.... Read More

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Shallow Loss Agriculture Programs 101

August 06, 2015

What are “shallow loss” agriculture programs?... Read More

Fact Sheets

Biofuels Resource Page

June 23, 2015

The resource page for TCS products on Biofuels and Biomass Subsidies.... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Cut Subsidies

Demanding the Right to a Free Ride

January 21, 2016 | U.S. News & World Report

I've written about the strange tale of Cliven Bundy and his rip off of American taxpayers on these pages before, so over the past few weeks... Read More

Obama Pauses All New Federal Coal Leases; Industry Calls It ‘Political Exercise’

January 21, 2016 | SNL Energy

The Obama administration will put a pause on all new federal coal leases while it reviews its program's methods for reviewing environmental... Read More

Obama Ends New Coal Leases on Public Lands

January 19, 2016 | Think Progress

The Obama administration announced Friday that it is stopping most new coal leasing on America’s public lands as it moves to modernize and... Read More

Groups Worry Arch Coal Won’t Be Able to Pay for Cleanup

January 13, 2016 | The Wall Street Journal

Arch Coal Inc.’s chapter 11 filing on Monday has left some citizens groups concerned about the company’s ability to clean up pollution at its... Read More

Understanding How Oil Companies Pay Taxes

January 13, 2016 | Investopedia

Large oil companies in the United States pay taxes at a significantly lower rate than the statutory federal effective tax rate (ETR) of 35%... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

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

Biofuels

U.S. Coal to Germany