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Superstorm Sandy Spending Report, Two Years Later

Wednesday, October 29th marked the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy hitting the east coast and provided another opportunity to... Read More

Updated: Biorefinery Assistance Program Fact Sheet

October 03, 2014 | Agriculture , Energy

The Biorefinery, Renewable Chemical, and Biobased Product Manufacturing Assistance Program (formerly the Biorefinery Assistance Program), administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development office, is intended to provide grants and loan guarantees to producers of advanced biofuels or heat and power from various bioenergy crops and feedstocks.... Read More

F-35 Resources

October 01, 2014 | National Security

For the past year, Taxpayers for Common Sense has been scrutinizing the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. On track to be the most... Read More

Updated: Rural Energy for America Program Fact Sheet

September 24, 2014 | Agriculture , Energy

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) was created in the 2008 farm bill to provide federal grants and loans to renewable energy... Read More

Shallow Loss Programs May Surpass Cost of Old Subsidy Schemes

August 12, 2014 | Agriculture

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

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

July 30, 2014 | Budget & Tax , Energy

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... Read More

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

June 30, 2014 | National Security

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

Updated: Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels Fact Sheet

June 20, 2014 | Agriculture , Energy

Established by an Executive Order in 1999, the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels (BPAB) is intended to pay advanced biofuels producers to expand their production levels. Other than corn starch ethanol, nearly every other type of biofuel is eligible for the program, including ethanol, biogas, butanol, or biodiesel derived from cellulose (like perennial grasses or agricultural residues), sugar or starches, waste materials, sugarcane, or woody biomass. ... Read More

Updated: Repowering Assistance Program Fact Sheet

June 20, 2014 | Agriculture , Energy

The Repowering Assistance Program, administered by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development office, reimburses biorefineries for using biomass sources like wood chips and perennial grasses as a heat and power source instead of fossil fuels.... Read More

Updated: Biomass Research and Development Initiative Fact Sheet

June 20, 2014 | Agriculture , Energy

The Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI) provides grants to companies, universities, and government research centers to research and develop (R&D) and demonstrate new ways to refine various types of feedstocks and crops into biofuels or biobased chemical and products.... Read More

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October 31, 2014

Taxpayer Tricks and Treats

Happy Halloween to everyone from Taxpayers for Common Sense. While Halloween is only a once per year event,... Read More

The Unaffordable F-35

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Subsidies Keep the Good Times Rolling

August 28, 2014

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Bribing to Subsidize

October 03, 2014