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

Oil and Gas Leasing, Revenue Collection, and Fair Return for Taxpayers Discussed at Senate Hearing

April 13, 2015

Oil and Gas Leasing, Revenue Collection, and Fair Return for Taxpayers Discussed at Senate Hearing On March 17th, the Senate Appropriations Energy and Water Development Subcommittee held a hearing on the FY2016 budget requests for the Bureau... Read More

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DOI Budget Hearing: Lawmakers Discuss Coal Royalties, Methane, and Oil and Gas Leasing

March 20, 2015

DOI Budget Hearing: Lawmakers Discuss Coal Royalties, Methane, and Oil and Gas Leasing March 5th House Natural Resources Committee hearing on DOI’s FY2016 budget request... Read More

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Secretary Jewell discusses DOI FY16 Budget Request with House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee

March 19, 2015

Secretary Jewell discusses DOI FY16 Budget Request with House Appropriations Interior Subcommittee On February 25th, Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Sally Jewell and Deputy Secretary Mike Connor testified before the House... Read More

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Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Discusses DOI’s FY2016 Budget Request

March 19, 2015

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Discusses DOI’s FY2016 Budget Request At a February 24th Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing on the Department of Interior (DOI)’s FY2016 budget request,... Read More

Letters & Testimony

TCS and Other Taxpayer Groups Urge Termination of Money-Losing Timber Sales

March 18, 2015

TCS and Other Taxpayer Groups Urge Termination of Money-Losing Timber Sales On Wednesday, TCS led a coaltion of taxpayer advocacy groups in sending a letter to the House of Representatives supporting efforts by Rep.... Read More

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Upcoming Administrative Actions on Methane

February 26, 2015

Upcoming Administrative Actions on Methane In January, the White House announced a series of actions aimed at reducing emissions from methane, a potent greenhouse gas, including a goal... Read More

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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

Fact Sheets

Improving Performance Measurement in Agricultural Conservation Programs

March 17, 2014

Our nation’s current fiscal situation is causing every federal program to come under public scrutiny. Agricultural conservation programs – including both working lands and land set aside programs - are no different. ... Read More

TCS appearances in the media in Ensure Fair Returns

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

House Democrats Back Obama Plan to Halt Gulf Revenue Sharing

March 17, 2015 | Environment & Energy

House Democrats are quietly backing President Obama's bid to divert billions of dollars in future offshore oil and gas revenues from Gulf... Read More

Methane Gas Regulation to Impact New Mexico

March 17, 2015 | New Mexico Daily Lobo

New Mexico will likely be among the states most impacted by President Barack Obama’s renewed effort mitigate climate change through the... Read More

Wicker Urges Obama to Drop Oil Revenue Plan

March 09, 2015 | USA Today

WASHINGTON – Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker and other Gulf Coast lawmakers wrote to President Barack Obama this week urging him not to pursue a... Read More

Gulf States Battle for Drilling Proceeds

March 03, 2015 | The Hill

Gulf Coast lawmakers are up in arms over an Obama administration proposal to reduce the money that their states receive for offshore oil and... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

October 17, 2014

Making Hay Out of Dams

California may be dubbed the “Golden State” but when you look at the drought monitor map, it’s more like the... Read More