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

Prepping the Ground for Farm Bill Reform

July 29, 2016

Prepping the Ground for Farm Bill Reform Most of the programs created in the trillion-dollar 2014 farm bill are authorized through 2018. Consequently, Congress is unlikely to have a... Read More

Coming Up

Make Your Voice Heard on Federal Coal Reform, Email BLM!

July 05, 2016

Make Your Voice Heard on Federal Coal Reform, Email BLM! Make your voice heard on federal coal reform!   Coal mined on federal land belongs to all U.S. taxpayers and getting a fair return for its... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS at Pittsburgh Public Hearing: Time to Fix Federal Coal, Get Fair Return

June 28, 2016

TCS at Pittsburgh Public Hearing: Time to Fix Federal Coal, Get Fair Return TCS Senior Program Director Autumn Hanna spoke today at a Dept. of Interior listening session on reforming federal coal.... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Calls for Federal Coal Reform at BLM Hearing in Colorado

June 23, 2016

TCS Calls for Federal Coal Reform at BLM Hearing in Colorado Below are TCS Co-Founder Jill Lancelot's official remarks today at BLM's listening session in Grand Junction, Colorado on reforming federal coal.... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Tells Lawmakers: Oppose Efforts to Limit Tax Reform Options

June 09, 2016

TCS Tells Lawmakers: Oppose Efforts to Limit Tax Reform Options TCS sent the letter below to lawmakers urging them to vote NO on H.Con.Res.89, which would limit tax reform options by keeping a carbon tax off the table.... Read More

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

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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

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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

Down on the Farm

August 15, 2016 | National Review

Small farmers face regulatory burdens, negative stereotypes, and children fleeing the family business. Lucy and Joe Lourenco emigrated from... Read More

Defense Chief Resists Shoe Requirement for Military Recruits

August 12, 2016 | CNHI

WASHINGTON - A provision of a federal defense bill promoting U.S.-made athletic shoes, touted as a job-creator, is running into opposition... Read More

4 Ways Congress Can Lead on Tax Reform

August 12, 2016 | U.S. News & World Report

Put tax reform on the table. No matter who's president, Congress can take these four steps to move forward on tax reform.... Read More

US Think Tanks Seek Info on Carbon Capture Tax Credit

August 11, 2016 | Tax News

On August 9, Green Scissors, a coalition between Friends of the Earth, the R Street Institute, and Taxpayers for Common Sense, announced it... Read More

Enviros, Small Government Groups Come Together

August 10, 2016 | Politico - Morning Tax

ENVIROS, SMALL GOVERNMENT GROUPS COME TOGETHER: An alliance going by the name of Green Scissors, consisting of Friends of the Earth, the R... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

August 12, 2016

Fueling Corporate Welfare

  Congress is out for the summer, but government agencies are still at work. The Department of the Interior is... Read More

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Biofuels

U.S. Coal to Germany