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Cotton’s Generous Safety Net

May 19, 2017 | Agriculture

In an effort to obtain more taxpayer subsidies, Washington special interests continually misrepresent the existing overly generous taxpayer financed safety net for the U.S. cotton industry. The fact is cotton growers already benefit form billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies and do not need Washington to authorize even more spending.... Read More

Recommendations for Creating an Accountable Farm Safety Net

May 15, 2017 | Agriculture

Making federal agriculture policies more accountable to taxpayers will save tens of billions of federal dollars and reduce barriers for the next generation of farmers and promote a more resilient American agriculture.... Read More

Benefits of Strengthening Agriculture Conservation Compliance Standards

May 15, 2017 | Agriculture

With conservation compliance standards now over 30 years old, it is time to revisit them to ensure the soil and wetland requirements are meeting their goals and delivering a return on investment for taxpayers.... Read More

Fiscal Benefits of Measuring and Reporting Agriculture Conservation Program Outcomes

May 12, 2017 | Agriculture

To date, most U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) conservation programs have paid landowners to implement certain conservation... Read More

Brief: Federal Coal Program Review

January 17, 2017 | Energy , National Security

In January 2016, the Secretary of the Interior directed the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to conduct a broad, programmatic review of... Read More

How the New Methane Rule Benefits Taxpayers

January 06, 2017 | Energy , Natural Resources

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) administers mineral leasing on 245 million acres of public lands, including onshore federal oil and... Read More

Crop Insurance and Private Sector Delivery

December 14, 2016 | Agriculture

Private-public risk sharing has been an important and unique feature of the federal crop insurance program since 1981. Under the Federal... Read More

Coal Tax Subsidies: A Boon for Kemper

November 15, 2016 | Energy

A new report from Taxpayers for Common Sense (TCS) and Friends of the Earth (FOE) sounds the alarm on a lame duck tax deal that could send... Read More

How to Increase the Benefits from Federal Agricultural Conservation Programs

October 31, 2016 | Agriculture

Covering more than 40 percent of land area in the United States, crop and ranchlands have a significant impact on the... Read More

Impact of Federal Budget Gimmicks: Changes in Mandatory Program Spending (ChIMPS)

October 31, 2016 | Agriculture , Budget & Tax

  In budgetary parlance, ChIMPS refers to the process of using annual spending bills to limit spending on a mandatory spending program... Read More

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Weekly Wastebasket

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May 26, 2017

The President’s Budget, Explained

There was plenty of coffee and donuts at the office this week—both necessary to TCS’s mission to be a reality... Read More

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