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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Oil and Gas Leasing, Revenue Collection, and Fair Return for Taxpayers Discussed at Senate Hearing

April 13, 2015

Oil and Gas Leasing, Revenue Collection, and Fair Return for Taxpayers Discussed at Senate Hearing On March 17th, the Senate Appropriations Energy and Water Development Subcommittee held a hearing on the FY2016 budget requests for the Bureau... Read More

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Budget Hearing: Senate Energy and Water Subcommittee discusses DOE’s FY16 budget request

April 13, 2015

Budget Hearing: Senate Energy and Water Subcommittee discusses DOE’s FY16 budget request On March 25th, the Senate Appropriations Energy and Water Development Subcommittee held a hearing on the Department of Energy (DOE)’s FY2016... Read More

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Senate Budget Committee Holds Hearing on The Benefits of a Balanced Budget

March 23, 2015

Senate Budget Committee Holds Hearing on The Benefits of a Balanced Budget At a March 11th Senate Budget Committee hearing on the benefits of a balanced budget, lawmakers discussed government waste, corporate welfare,... Read More

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DOI Budget Hearing: Lawmakers Discuss Coal Royalties, Methane, and Oil and Gas Leasing

March 20, 2015

DOI Budget Hearing: Lawmakers Discuss Coal Royalties, Methane, and Oil and Gas Leasing March 5th House Natural Resources Committee hearing on DOI’s FY2016 budget request... Read More

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House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee questions USFS Chief on FY2016 Budget Request

March 20, 2015

House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee questions USFS Chief on FY2016 Budget Request On March 3rd, the House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee held a hearing to examine the U.S. Forest Service (USFS)’s FY2016 budget request.... Read More

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Forest Service FY2016 Budget Request Examined by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

March 19, 2015

Forest Service FY2016 Budget Request Examined by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing to examine the U.S. Forest Service (USFS)’s FY2016 budget request... Read More

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Fact Sheets

Money-Losing Timber Sales: Tongass National Forest

March 18, 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service (“USFS”) manages 193 million acres of public forests and grasslands collectively known as... Read More

Fact Sheets

Updated: Biorefinery Assistance Program Fact Sheet

October 03, 2014

The Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (formerly the Biorefinery Assistance Program), administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development office, is intended to provide grants and loan guarantees to producers of advanced biofuels or heat and power from various bioenergy crops and feedstocks.... Read More

Fact Sheets

Updated: Rural Energy for America Program Fact Sheet

September 24, 2014 > Updated: September 24, 2014

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) was created in the 2008 farm bill to provide federal grants and loans to renewable energy... Read More

Fact Sheets

Shallow Loss Programs May Surpass Cost of Old Subsidy Schemes

August 12, 2014

The 2014 farm bill created new income entitlement programs for agribusinesses, referred to as “shallow loss” subsidies. The three programs - Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC), Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO), and Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) – are intended to kick in when revenue drops as little as ten percent from a predetermined level. ... Read More

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McConnell Pushes Tax Break for Mellowing Whiskey

May 15, 2015 | Congressional Quarterly

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., makes no secret of his affinity for well-aged bourbon. Now, he's leading a push with his... Read More

Canary at the Coal Mine

May 08, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Secretary Sally Jewell’s comments on the need for the Department of Interior to get a fair market return for... Read More

Corn-Based Ethanol Debate Intensifies - A Bit

May 04, 2015 | JD Supra Business Advisor

A recent article in USA Today questions whether ethanol’s days are numbered. While that article is written from the perspective of whether the... Read More

Groups Want Review of Federal Milk Orders

April 30, 2015 | Agri-view

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Consumer-protection, taxpayer-watchdog groups and small-business trade associations joined national and state-based... Read More

Environmental Group Targets Ohio’s Portman over Clean Air

April 13, 2015 | The Toledo Blade

One of America’s most well-financed and courtroom-savvy environmental groups is going hard after U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R., Ohio) for a budget... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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April 17, 2015

Silencing Sequester Scaremongers

Before getting into the substance of this wastebasket, a little history is in order. In the wake of the 2010... Read More