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Arguing for Fair Return on Taxpayer Coal

August 21, 2015 | Natural Resources

Arguing for Fair Return on Taxpayer Coal Taxpayers have been losing big on the sale of coal mined from federal land for decades. But hopefully that’s about to change. The Bureau of... Read More

Growing Disasters

August 14, 2015 | Agriculture

Growing Disasters It’s August, which means the 185 million acres of corn and soybeans planted across the nation are well on their way to harvest. It also... Read More

Bad Budget Habits at the Pentagon

August 07, 2015 | National Security

Bad Budget Habits at the Pentagon The House of Representatives put Capitol Hill in its rearview mirror last week. The Senate is sputtering to a stop this week, and soon the... Read More

Senate DRIVEs in the Wrong Direction

Senate DRIVEs in the Wrong Direction Yesterday, Congress passed the 33rd short-term extension of the federal government’s transportation program since 2009. (There was also a... Read More

Endless Love for Ethanol

July 24, 2015 | Agriculture , Energy

Endless Love for Ethanol It’s a timeless story of teenage romance: pledges of love, abandoning reason, and rebelling against authority. But it’s not the plot of a... Read More

Budgetary Snafu

July 17, 2015 | Budget & Tax

Budgetary Snafu Congress once again finds itself at dysfunction junction on finishing the bills that fund government in fiscal year 2016. It’s just their... Read More

Cadillac Transportation Dreams on a Chevy Budget

Cadillac Transportation Dreams on a Chevy Budget Imagine the House you could design for yourself when someone else is going to have to pay for it. Totally tricked out kitchen, outdoor... Read More

Tippling Tax Breaks for the Fourth

July 02, 2015 | Budget & Tax

Tippling Tax Breaks for the Fourth For many Americans, the Fourth of July is not just a day to celebrate the birth of our nation, but also to enjoy a few adult (ahem,... Read More

Waste Through the Grapevine

June 26, 2015 | Agriculture

Waste Through the Grapevine In its last week before summer recess, the Supreme Court released an opinion that will impact every taxpayer. No, we’re not referring to... Read More

Cutting Losses in the Tongass National Forest

June 19, 2015 | Natural Resources

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service (USFS) manages 193 million acres of public forests and grasslands collectively known as... Read More

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