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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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

Coming Up

TCS to Brief Congress: Fair Return for Our Nation’s Coal

May 04, 2016

TCS to Brief Congress: Fair Return for Our Nation’s Coal On Wednesday, Taxpayers for Common Sense invited Members of Congress to attend an upcoming briefing on the federal coal program. Details on... Read More

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Fact Sheets

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

Supporting the moratorium on coal leases | Guest op-ed

June 06, 2016 | Auburn Reporter

When I ran for state representative in 2012, I walked downtown Auburn neighborhoods with a petition calling on state leaders to deny... Read More

Hoopa Valley Tribe Slams San Luis Settlement Agreement

June 03, 2016 | IC Magazine

On May 24, the Hoopa Valley Tribe from Northern California filed its objection to two bills proposed in the House of Representatives to... Read More

Coal Industry Fuming over Obama’s Proposed Cleanup Rules

May 24, 2016 | Washington Examiner

The Obama administration is weighing new rules to stop bankrupt coal companies from passing on the cost of mine cleanups onto consumers. Even... Read More

Miners Fear Federal Coal Reforms Jeopardize Rural Utah

May 20, 2016 | The Salt Lake Tribune

The nation's emotion-fueled debate over coal mining's future passed through Salt Lake City on Thursday, when federal officials hosted a... Read More

Federal Coal Program Must Ensure Fair Return for Taxpayers

May 20, 2016 | The Hill

Over the past several years, Americans have become acutely aware that our coal industry is changing rapidly – largely as a result of shifting... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

Our weekly reality-check for federal spending. View All

April 01, 2016

Fooled by Washington

Today is the 1st of April; the first day of the second quarter of the year. In Washington, Spring has sprung and... Read More

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