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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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

Statements

Statement: Council of Economic Advisors’ coal report

June 22, 2016

Statement of Ryan Alexander, President of Taxpayers for Common Sense, on release of the Council of Economic Advisors’ report “The Economics of... Read More

Statements

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

Statements

TCS President Ryan Alexander testifies on federal coal review

May 17, 2016

TCS President Ryan Alexander testifies on federal coal review Prepared remarks of Taxpayers for Common Sense President Ryan Alexander before the Department of the Interior in Casper, WY on ways it can... 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

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Reforming the Federal Coal Program: Time for a Fair Return for Taxpayers

May 13, 2016

In January, the Secretary of the Interior directed the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to conduct a broad, programmatic review of the... Read More

Fact Sheets

Royalty Rate Reductions on Federal Coal Leases: 1990-2013

November 18, 2015

BLM has reduced the royalty rates on federal coal leases frequently during the last 25 years.... 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

Reports & Data

Upcoming and Ongoing Taxpayer Losses from Timber Sales in the Tongass National Forest

October 27, 2015

Up-to-date information on money-losing timber sales and costs to taxpayers in Alaska's Tongass National Forest.... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Ensure Fair Returns

BLM Proposed Royalty Rule on Wasted Natural Gas Would Benefit Taxpayers

July 19, 2016 | The Hill

If the heat escapes from your home, you still pay the power company for it. Oil and gas companies often lose a precious resource—natural... Read More

Big Coal Just Saw One Of Its Favorite Loopholes Closed

July 06, 2016 | Think Progress

The Obama Administration last week took a closely-watched first step in its effort to reform the federal coal program by issuing a rule that... Read More

White House Economists: American Taxpayers Are Getting Ripped-Off by Coal Leasing Program

July 05, 2016 | Circa

A new report released by the Council of Economic Advisers found the federal coal leasing program does not provide a fair return to... Read More

Rules Change for Energy Royalty Valuation

June 30, 2016 | The Daily Sentinel (Grand Junction, CO)

The Interior Department on Thursday released a new rule aimed at properly valuing coal, oil and gas for royalty purposes, particularly to... Read More

Protect Our Public Lands

June 28, 2016 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Bureau of Land Management will hold a hearing in Pittsburgh today on the hot-button issue of modernizing coal for the 21st century. The... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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July 22, 2016

Vanishing Gas, Vanishing Revenue

The Interior Department (DOI) is doing a lousy job of tracking oil and gas production on federal lands, and it’s... Read More

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