Library

Below you can find materials from all of the different issues we work on organized by type of content. Click on the column heading for a complete list within an individual content type.

New GAO Report Recommends Cut in Crop Insurance Subsidies

September 08, 2014

New GAO Report Recommends Cut in Crop Insurance Subsidies Today, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report providing more evidence that reducing federal crop insurance premium... Read More

New Loan Guarantee Solicitation for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects Issued

August 28, 2014

New Loan Guarantee Solicitation for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects Issued On July 3, the Department of Energy (DOE) issued a new, expanded $4 billion solicitation for both renewable energy and energy efficient... Read More

TCS Letter to Senate Finance Committee Urging Reform of Energy Tax Provisions

September 17, 2014

TCS Letter to Senate Finance Committee Urging Reform of Energy Tax Provisions On Tuesday, TCS sent a letter to the Senate Finance Committee ahead of their hearing on energy provisions in the tax code.... Read More

Letter to Senate Appropriations Committee: Reject more funding for F-35

July 17, 2014

This week the Senate Appropriations Committee began its consideration of H.R. 4870, the appropriations bill for the Department of Defense... Read More

Shallow Loss Programs May Surpass Cost of Old Subsidy Schemes

August 12, 2014

Shallow Loss Programs May Surpass Cost of Old Subsidy Schemes The 2014 farm bill created new income entitlement programs for agribusinesses, referred to as “shallow loss” subsidies. The three programs - Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC), Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO), and Stacked Income Protection Plan (STAX) – are intended to kick in when revenue drops as little as ten percent from a predetermined level. ... Read More

$58 billion “Emergency” Overseas Operations Spending equals 5th Largest Federal Agency

June 30, 2014

$58 billion “Emergency” Overseas Operations Spending equals 5th Largest Federal Agency At Taxpayers for Common Sense, we don’t advocate cutting federal spending in one department or agency and moving it to another. But... Read More

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

Shallow Loss Program Update

February 25, 2014

Shallow Loss Program Update On Feb. 7, the President signed a new trillion dollar farm bill, H.R. 2642, into law. TCS criticized the bill for a litany of reasons including but not limited to the fact that Congress finally repealed the outdated and wasteful direct payment program but then squandered the majority of the potential savings on three new “shallow loss” programs that will likely cost taxpayers more in the long run. ... Read More

A Century of Subsidies for the Oil & Gas Industry

April 18, 2014

The oil and gas industry has been getting subsidies for almost a century. We can't afford special treatment for profitable companies. The time has come to end taxpayer subsidies for the industry.... Read More

Loan Guarantee Program 101

October 16, 2012

Loan Guarantee Program 101 A basic primer on the Department of Energy (DOE) Loan Guarantee Program and answers general questions on the history, administration, and overall effect of the program.... Read More

Effective Tax Rates of Oil & Gas Companies: Cashing in on Special Treatment

July 30, 2014

Effective Tax Rates of Oil & Gas Companies: Cashing in on Special Treatment From 2009 through 2013, large U.S.-based oil and gas companies paid far less in federal income taxes than the statutory rate of 35 percent.... Read More

The Unaffordable F-35: Budget History and Alternatives

April 24, 2014

The Unaffordable F-35: Budget History and Alternatives At least $8 billion of the Pentagon’s budget for fiscal year 2015 is devoted to a single aircraft program: the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.... Read More

Weekly Wastebasket

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September 12, 2014

Loco for OCO

Volume XVI No.37: September 12, 2014 For sheer chutzpah, it’s hard to beat the reprogramming request the... Read More