Ensure Fair Returns

The federal government must ensure that taxpayers receive a fair return for any use of publicly-owned assets. For example, taxpayers own vast amounts of land rich in natural resources, such as coal, oil, and even exposure to solar radiation. The government should not give these public resources away. ...More

The failure to capture fair market value for public assets is a waste of federal resources. Congress and the administration should establish rents, royalties, and fees to ensure that taxpayers receive a fair return for any private development of public land. Competitive bidding, prompt development requirements, and robust verification procedures can also help establish fair returns to the public.

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Event Summary

Briefing on the Tongass Timber Program

June 23, 2015

Briefing on the Tongass Timber Program TCS recently co-hosted a briefing with National Taxpayers Union and National Audubon Society on money-losing timber sales in the Tongass National Forest.... Read More

Statements

Comments to BLM on Oil and Gas Rulemaking

June 19, 2015

Comments to BLM on Oil and Gas Rulemaking The federal onshore oil and gas leasing system needs to be updated in order to ensure taxpayers a return for resources developed on public lands.... Read More

Statements

Oppose HR1992 today; Save taxpayers millions

June 11, 2015

Oppose HR1992 today; Save taxpayers millions It’s time we moved on from the mistakes of SARRA, and ensure taxpayers receive a fair return for minerals extracted on federal lands.... Read More

Our Take

BLM Proposes to Lock in Losses from Federal Coal Program

June 03, 2015

BLM Proposes to Lock in Losses from Federal Coal Program On May 29th the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced its proposed Resource Management Plan for the Buffalo Field office, which includes... Read More

Our Take

Appropriations Subcommittee on BLM Budget, Oil and Gas Rulemakings

May 18, 2015

Appropriations Subcommittee on BLM Budget, Oil and Gas Rulemakings The Senate Appropriations Interior Subcommittee gathered on Wednesday, May 13th for a hearing on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)’s FY2016... Read More

Statements

TCS Submits Comments on ONRR’s Proposed Coal Valuation Reform Rule

May 08, 2015

TCS Submits Comments on ONRR’s Proposed Coal Valuation Reform Rule TCS sent the following comments to the Office of Natural Resource Revenue (ONRR) on their proposed rule for Coal Valuation reform. Click... Read More

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Fact Sheets

Reforming the Federal Coal Program: Using Economic Principles to Calculate Royalties

May 08, 2015

Click [HERE] to view this fact sheet in PDF form.   Reforming the Federal Coal Program: Using Economic Principles to Calculate... Read More

Reports & Data

U.S. Forest Service - Tongass National Forest Financials

March 16, 2015

The U.S. Forest Service publishes an annual report on its management of the Tongass National Forest, including a financial statement of what... Read More

Reports & Data

Taxpayers are losing millions on natural gas extracted from federal land

November 19, 2014

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) within the Department of the Interior (DOI) manages both leasing on federal lands and leasing of federal... Read More

Fact Sheets

Cost Savings Opportunities in Agricultural Conservation Programs

March 17, 2014

Now more than ever, government spending should be scrutinized to ensure that taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely and targeted toward the... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Ensure Fair Returns

Royally Shortchanged

June 24, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report

It seems so obvious: Taxpayers should receive a fair return for our assets, including the development of oil and gas resources on public... Read More

Does Florida Take Billions More from Washington Than It Gives?

May 18, 2015 | Politifact Florida

The statement "Florida sends $135 billion and D.C. returns $150 billion." Rep. Debbie Mayfield, R-Vero Beach, May 4 on Twitter The... 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

Taxpayers Left Out on a Limb

March 24, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report

Theodore Roosevelt created the Tongass National Forest in Southeastern Alaska through a presidential proclamation in 1907. It is now the... Read More

DOI Addressing “Tectonic” Shifts in Energy Industry

March 18, 2015 | FierceEnergy

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell recently talked about changes in the energy industry and the opportunities and risks they represent,... 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