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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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

Our Take

Showers of Cash for Pentagon Contractors

May 19, 2016

Showers of Cash for Pentagon Contractors Granted, we’re writing this on the East Coast where the weather has been particularly wretched this Spring. We’re getting tired of all this... Read More


TCS President Ryan Alexander Testifies in Salt Lake City on Federal Coal Review

May 19, 2016

TCS President Ryan Alexander Testifies in Salt Lake City on Federal Coal Review Prepared remarks of Taxpayers for Common Sense President Ryan Alexander before the Department of the Interior in Salt Lake City, UT on... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Vote Recommendations on NDAA Amendments

May 18, 2016

TCS Vote Recommendations on NDAA Amendments TCS sent the following letter to lawmakers today urging them to vote for fiscally responsible amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act.... Read More

Event Summary

TCS Event Discusses Fair Return on Nation’s Coal

May 16, 2016

TCS Event Discusses Fair Return on Nation’s Coal TCS hosted a briefing on the reforms necessary to fix the federal coal program.... Read More

Our Take

Inspector General Calls on DOE to Cut Clean Coal Funding

May 02, 2016

Inspector General Calls on DOE to Cut Clean Coal Funding On Friday, the Office of Inspector General at the Department of Energy (DOE) released an unusually urgent report underscoring a number of... Read More

More in-depth material from TCS in Cut Subsidies

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


Just the Facts: Financial Health of the Agriculture Sector

May 10, 2016

Supporters of expensive federal programs that subsidize the incomes of agricultural businesses claim that agricultural businesses are in dire... Read More

Fact Sheets

Fact Sheet: Agricultural Shallow Loss Programs Digging Deeper

April 07, 2016

Updated Farm Program baseline numbers from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirm taxpayers are unlikely to harvest the $16.6 billion... 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

TCS appearances in the media in Cut Subsidies

Opinion: Ethanol Mandate Must Be Abolished

May 24, 2016 | Tyler Morning Telegraph

This is just wrong. The EPA, perhaps fearing a loss of power and free rein when President Barack Obama leaves office, is making a pitch to... Read More

Federal Coal Program Must Ensure Fair Return for Taxpayers

May 20, 2016 | The Hill

Over the past several years, Americans have become acutely aware that our coal industry is changing rapidly – largely as a result of shifting... Read More

American Taxpayers Deserve Fair Return from Federal Coal

May 20, 2016 | WyoFile

Citizens of Wyoming are acutely aware of what is happening in the coal industry today, and there is understandably concern and alarm at the... Read More

Shining a Light on the Cost of Coal

May 19, 2016 | U.S. News & World Report

  Photo credit: slashvee via flickr I'm writing this week from Casper, Wyoming, where I spent the day at a... Read More

As a Senator, Hillary Clinton Got Along With the GOP. Could She Do So as President?

May 16, 2016 | CQ Magazine

It looks increasingly likely that voters this November will have a clear choice. In Donald Trump, they'd have a true Washington outsider... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

May 20, 2016

Water Bill Redux Causing Acid Reflux

Sometimes (often?) reading legislation takes a strong stomach. Thus, it was with trepidation that we took a... Read More

TCS Celebrates 20th Anniversary


U.S. Coal to Germany