Prioritize Investments

Federal spending decisions should be based on project merit, rather than on who wields the most political muscle or influence. But federal dollars are going to “sweetheart projects” of influential lawmakers, instead of repairing or replacing the bridges or weapons systems most in need of attention. ...More

Federal dollars continue to flow to legacy programs because of bureaucratic inertia, and the absence of any regular, ongoing assessment of actual need. Funding federal investments based on merit is a critical component of any deficit-reduction plan and could save taxpayers billions. Congress and federal agencies have a responsibility to taxpayers to invest federal resources in the most effective and efficient way possible.

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Senate Energy and Water Spending Bill Held in Committee

August 06, 2014

Senate Energy and Water Spending Bill Held in Committee In June, the Senate Appropriations Committee scheduled a markup of the chamber’s FY2015 Energy and Water Appropriations bill only to pull it... Read More

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Energy and Water Bill Passes House

July 16, 2014

Energy and Water Bill Passes House On Thursday, the House approved a $34 billion energy and water spending bill, providing funding for projects ranging from water development... Read More

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House Approps Takes Up Pentagon Spending Bill

June 13, 2014

House Approps Takes Up Pentagon Spending Bill This week the House Appropriations Committee took up the Pentagon spending bill for fiscal year (FY) 2015. When all was said and done, the... Read More

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DOE Continues Funding for Small Modular Reactors Despite Industry Concerns

May 05, 2014

DOE Continues Funding for Small Modular Reactors Despite Industry Concerns UPDATE: (April 29, 2014) Since NuScale’s Power Module was chosen to receive DOE support in December, members of the nuclear industry... Read More

Press Releases

Budget Watchdog Releases New Report on the Unaffordable F-35

April 24, 2014

The Unaffordable F-35: Budget History and Alternatives breaks down costs and documents cost-effective alternatives... Read More

Press Releases

Backlog of Roadway Repairs Threatens State Transportation Budgets Nationwide

March 12, 2014

Backlog of Roadway Repairs Threatens State Transportation Budgets Nationwide New national report examines how much states are spending on new roadways versus investing in repairs.... Read More

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Policy Briefs

Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014: Commentary and Analysis

May 19, 2014

The Conference report on H.R. 3080 is a missed opportunity to reform management of our nation’s infrastructure in a fiscally responsible... Read More

Fact Sheets

The Federal Highway Trust Fund: Past, Present, and Future

May 16, 2014

Every driver that purchases fuel pays an excise tax of 18.4 cents per gallon of gasoline or 24.4 cents per gallon of diesel. Proceeds... Read More

Fact Sheets

Return on Investment from Conservation Programs and Best Management Practices

March 13, 2014

Return on Investment from Conservation Programs and Best Management Practices The federal government supports various conservation initiatives, but some of the largest voluntary and private land conservation programs... Read More

Fact Sheets

Consolidation Opportunities in Agricultural Conservation Programs

March 13, 2014

Consolidation 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

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$2.2M Wind Turbine at Veterans Affairs Site Idle

September 02, 2014 | Associated Press

ST. CLOUD, Minn. — A $2.2 million wind turbine at a Department of Veterans Affairs facility in St. Cloud has been broken for years, and... Read More

Defense Bill Is Mostly Bad News for Taxpayers

June 03, 2014 | U.S. News & World Report

Late last week, the Senate Armed Services Committee finalized its consideration of the fiscal year 2015 policy legislation for the... Read More

The Transportation Crisis: It’s About Priorities, Not Just Money

June 03, 2014 | Huffington Post

You know lawmakers on Capitol Hill are desperate for transportation funding when they look at the struggling U.S. Postal Service and see a... Read More

Garcetti Lobbies U.S. for More Expensive L.A. River Project

May 28, 2014 | Los Angeles Times

 On a recent trip to the nation's capital, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti made sure to call on Jo-Ellen Darcy. As assistant Army... Read More

Legislation Eases Assistance for Flood Control Programs

May 22, 2014 | My Journal Record

MERIDEN — New legislation passed in the U.S. House would make it easier for states and municipalities to get assistance for flood control... Read More

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September 19, 2014

FEMA’s Folly

Volume XVI No.38 As the first major Atlantic hurricane Eduardo formed this week, the Federal Emergency... Read More