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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Our Take

Historically Low Bid Denied by BLM for Powder River Basin Coal Lease

September 19, 2013

Historically Low Bid Denied by BLM for Powder River Basin Coal Lease The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the agency within the Department of Interior responsible for the federal coal leasing program, has... Read More

Press Releases

Taxpayers for Common Sense Calls for Better Oversight, More Transparency of Coal Program

September 18, 2013

Taxpayers for Common Sense Calls for Better Oversight, More Transparency of Coal Program TCS released a report today calling for better oversight and more transparency within the Bureau of Land Management's federal coal leasing program... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Testifies on Revenue Sharing before Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee

July 23, 2013

TCS Testifies on Revenue Sharing before Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Today, TCS President Ryan Alexander testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on proposed state-federal revenue... Read More

Statements

TCS Statement on President’s Climate Speech

June 25, 2013

TCS Statement on President’s Climate Speech Below is a statement by Ryan Alexander, president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, on the President's Speech on Climate Change.... Read More

Our Take

House Committee Passes Legislation That Could Siphon Billions in Royalty Revenue from Treasury

June 13, 2013

House Committee Passes Legislation That Could Siphon Billions in Royalty Revenue from Treasury The House Natural Resources Committee voted 23-18 Wednesday to send the “Offshore Energy and Jobs Act” (H.R. 2231) to the House Floor. The... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS Testifies on Revenue Sharing before House Natural Resources Subcommittee

June 11, 2013

TCS Testifies on Revenue Sharing before House Natural Resources Subcommittee Today, Taxpayers for Common Sense President Ryan Alexander testified before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral... Read More

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Fact Sheets

Cost Savings Opportunities in Agricultural Conservation Programs

March 17, 2014

Cost Savings Opportunities in Agricultural Conservation Programs Now more than ever, government spending should be scrutinized to ensure that taxpayer dollars are being spent wisely and targeted toward the... Read More

Fact Sheets

Improving Performance Measurement in Agricultural Conservation Programs

March 17, 2014

Improving Performance Measurement in Agricultural Conservation Programs Our nation’s current fiscal situation is causing every federal program to come under public scrutiny. Agricultural conservation programs –... Read More

Reports & Data

Federal Coal Leasing: Fair Market Value and a Fair Return for the American Taxpayer

September 18, 2013

Federal Coal Leasing: Fair Market Value and a Fair Return for the American Taxpayer The predominant leasing process currently used by the Bureau of Land Management, the agency within the Department of the Interior that manages the federal coal leasing program, does not obtain fair market value for taxpayers.... Read More

Fact Sheets

Oil Shale: Failing Taxpayers for Decades

December 19, 2012

Oil Shale: Failing Taxpayers for Decades Since the early 20th century, the federal government and private industry have attempted to commercialize oil shale but after years of... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Ensure Fair Returns

The Poster Child for Government Boondoggles

April 14, 2014 | US News & World Report

In South Carolina, about a 30 minute drive from Augusta, Ga., down Route 125 is the Savannah River Nuclear Site. Savannah River is home to... Read More

Report: Feds worried about struggles at Generation mPower

April 04, 2014 | Charlotte Business Journal

The Washington Examiner reports The Babcock & Wilcox Co.’s expected cut in funding for Generation mPower small nuclear reactor research has... Read More

State ranks low in road-repair spending

March 24, 2014 | The Free Lance Star

ROAD CONSTRUCTION and repair are very expensive enterprises, and it’s a tough balancing act to divvy out money to both. It’s especially... Read More

Fixing America’s Roads

March 20, 2014 | Capital Insider

Alexander interview March 18, 2014 Many of the nation's streets are crumbling and riddled with potholes. Meanwhile, state departments of... Read More

President Obama Will Sign Flood Insurance Relief Bill

March 18, 2014 | Associated Press

President Barack Obama is set to sign into law a bipartisan bill relieving homeowners living in flood-prone neighborhoods from big increases... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

March 14, 2014

Pocketful of Promises

No matter how hard lawmakers try to close their eyes, click their heels, and hope for the best, there are no... Read More