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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Win! House votes to cut Golden Fleece Winner “Coal to Kaiserslautern”

June 11, 2015

Win! House votes to cut Golden Fleece Winner “Coal to Kaiserslautern” Last week we awarded the Golden Fleece to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees for continuing the absurd practice of sending... Read More

Statements

Fiscal Conservatives Urge Yes Vote on Huffman-McClintock Amendment

June 10, 2015

Fiscal Conservatives Urge Yes Vote on Huffman-McClintock Amendment On behalf of our organizations and our combined memberships, we urge your support for a fiscally-sound, bi-partisan amendment ... Read More

Statements

Statement on EPA Proposed Biofuels Standards

May 29, 2015

Statement on EPA Proposed Biofuels Standards Today, two federal agencies failed taxpayers on biofuels policy.... Read More

Our Take

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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Fact Sheets

Biofuels Resource Page

June 23, 2015

The resource page for TCS' research on Biofuels.... Read More

Fact Sheets

2014 Farm Bill Crop Insurance Subsidies for Biofuels Crops

June 18, 2015

Taxpayers are increasingly subsidizing the entire supply chain of bioenergy production. Numerous federal farm bill programs subsidize the... Read More

Fact Sheets

Federal Subsidies for Corn Ethanol and Other Corn-Based Biofuels

June 15, 2015

Since its creation of the domestic market for corn ethanol after the energy crisis of the 1970s, the federal government has nurtured and... Read More

Fact Sheets

Political Footprint of the Corn Ethanol Lobby - June 2015

June 15, 2015

Since its creation of the domestic market for corn ethanol after the energy crisis of the 1970s, the federal government has nurtured and... Read More

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Iowans must press candidates on tax reform

June 25, 2015 | The Des Moines Register

Iowans are accustomed to presidential hopefuls practically taking up residency in the Hawkeye State every four years. As you know all too... Read More

Jeb Bush says Democrats ‘responsible’ for ‘swift, mindless’ cuts to defense spending

June 22, 2015 | PolitiFact

The size and scope of the U.S. military is already becoming an issue on the presidential campaign trail. During his presidential campaign... Read More

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

Weekly Wastebasket

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June 26, 2015

Waste Through the Grapevine

In its last week before summer recess, the Supreme Court released an opinion that will impact every taxpayer.... Read More

Biofuels

U.S. Coal to Germany