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The Unaffordable F-35: Budget History and Alternatives

April 24, 2014 | Reports & Data | National Security

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... Read More

Understanding Oil and Gas Tax Subsidies

April 09, 2014 | Reports & Data | Budget & Tax , Energy

Understanding Oil and Gas Tax Subsidies Understanding Oil and Gas Tax Subsidies is an in-depth look at special provisions written into the tax code over decades that benefit... Read More

Repair Priorities 2014

March 12, 2014 | Reports & Data | Budget & Tax , Transportation & Infrastructure

Repair Priorities 2014 Download the full report  State departments of transportation (DOTs) are spending more money building new roads than... Read More

TCS Report: Real Savings, Real Deficit Reduction

TCS Report: Real Savings, Real Deficit Reduction Relieving Budget Caps with Common Sense Savings in Fiscal Year 2014... Read More

Earmark and Appropriations Data

October 29, 2013 | Reports & Data | Earmarks & Appropriations

Earmark Data Even under an existing moratorium, earmarks have received a lot of attention in the media, in Congress, and around the... Read More

Budget & Tax Data

October 09, 2013 | Reports & Data |

Tax Expenditure Data So-called “tax expenditures” are special provisions in the tax code that reduce the taxes of a specific group of... Read More

Agriculture Data

September 24, 2013 | Reports & Data | Agriculture , Energy

Selected Farm Bill Energy Title Programs The so-called “farm bill” is a wide ranging piece of legislation that funds everything from... Read More

Federal Coal Leasing: Fair Market Value and a Fair Return for the American Taxpayer

September 18, 2013 | Reports & Data | Natural Resources

Federal Coal Leasing: Fair Market Value and a Fair Return for the American Taxpayer The predominant leasing process currently used by the Bureau of Land Management, the agency within the Department of the Interior that manages the federal coal leasing program, does not obtain fair market value for taxpayers.... Read More

Supporting Passenger Mobility and Choice by Breaking Modal Stovepipes: Comparing Amtrak and Motorcoach Service

July 30, 2013 | Reports & Data | Transportation & Infrastructure

Supporting Passenger Mobility and Choice by Breaking Modal Stovepipes: Comparing Amtrak and Motorcoach Service This analysis compares customer costs (fare, travel time) and societal costs (government subsidies, air emissions) associated with twenty specific trips that can currently be taken between select U.S. city pairs on both an Amtrak train and on a scheduled intercity motorcoach bus.... Read More

Transportation & Infrastructure Data

April 04, 2013 | Reports & Data | Transportation & Infrastructure

Essential Air Service Dataset The Essential Air Service (EAS) is a federal subsidy program created in the 1970s as part of airline... Read More

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July 18, 2014

Budgeting for Emergencies

Congressional wrangling over the President’s recent $4.3 billion supplemental emergency spending request... Read More