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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Press Releases

TCS Calls for End of Needless Waste of Natural Gas

August 26, 2015

TCS Calls for End of Needless Waste of Natural Gas WASHINGTON - Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS) has launched a three-state ad buy asking Senators in North Dakota and Colorado to call for the... Read More

Statements

TCS Statement on Denver Coal Listening Session

August 18, 2015

TCS Statement on Denver Coal Listening Session Taxpayers for Common Sense Senior Program Director Autumn Hanna spoke today at the fourth in a series of listening sessions being held by the... Read More

Our Take

TCS Calls for Fair Return, More Transparency at Billings Coal Listening Session

August 17, 2015

TCS Calls for Fair Return, More Transparency at Billings Coal Listening Session The Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) held a listening session on federal coal leasing in Billings, Montana on Tuesday... Read More

Event Summary

TCS Tells DOI to Ensure a Fair Return for Federal Coal

August 04, 2015

TCS Tells DOI to Ensure a Fair Return for Federal Coal In downtown Washington, D.C. last week, top Department of Interior (DOI) officials hosted the first of several “listening sessions” on the... Read More

Statements

Statement to BLM on Federal Coal Program

July 29, 2015

Statement to BLM on Federal Coal Program Taxpayers for Common Sense President Ryan Alexander spoke today at the first in a series of listening sessions being held by the Bureau of... Read More

Our Take

Tax Extenders: Senate Finance Committee

July 24, 2015

Tax Extenders: Senate Finance Committee On Tuesday July 21, the Senate Finance Committee approved a $95 billion package of more than 50 tax extenders, which are generally narrow... 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

Taxpayers Group Pushing to Stop Wasting Gas

August 27, 2015 | Public News Service

FARMINGTON, N.M. - Venting and flaring at oil and natural gas wells on public lands in the Four Corners area costs the public millions in lost... Read More

Groups push feds for new natural gas rules

August 26, 2015 | The Hill

A federal rule cracking down on venting or leaks at natural gas drilling sites would save millions of dollars in royalty revenue for the... Read More

Higher Royalty Rates Draw Coal’s Friends And Foes To Denver Hearing

August 20, 2015 | KUNC--Community Radio for Northern Colorado

In recent years the government agency that handles the sale of coal on public lands has come under criticism for how it manages that program.... Read More

Congressional vacations, coal, and the F-35

August 20, 2015 | Capital Insider

WASHINGTON — During the August recess, Capitol Hill is relatively quiet, but many lawmakers are traveling abroad. What are they up to? Steve... Read More

Should Feds Hike Fees On Coal Firms? Public Weighs In

August 19, 2015 | Colorado Public Radio

Bureau of Land Management officials got an earful Tuesday in Denver about mining coal on federal lands. That's because officials are trying to... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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August 21, 2015

Arguing for Fair Return on Taxpayer Coal

Taxpayers have been losing big on the sale of coal mined from federal land for decades. But hopefully that’s... Read More

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