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    Tax Reform Turns 30

    October 21, 2016

    The presidential election is 17 days away. Whoever wins will face a range of difficult issues, including the politically perilous task of... Read More

    Tax Reform Turns 30

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Hurricane Matthew Impacts

October 14, 2016 | Transportation & Infrastructure

Hurricane Matthew Impacts All the noise swirling around the 2016 elections has helped obscure a real life disaster. Hurricane Matthew diminished and left the East... Read More

New B-21 Raider Attacks Your Wallet

October 07, 2016 | National Security

New B-21 Raider Attacks Your Wallet The United States Air Force is planning a raid on your pocketbook. Officials aren’t being subtle about it, but they are being... Read More

Shutting Down a Shutdown

September 30, 2016 | Budget & Tax

Lawmakers struck a deal to avert a government shutdown with a couple days to spare before the October 1 start of Fiscal Year 2017. For the... Read More

Learning Lessons from Tax Reform

September 23, 2016 | Budget & Tax

Taxpayers for Common Sense held a panel conversation yesterday commemorating the Tax Reform Act of 1986. The message was crystal... Read More

ChIMPS in the Budget

September 16, 2016 | Budget & Tax

Appropriators love ChIMPS. We’re not talking about primates here, we’re talking about budget gimmicks. You may not have heard of this type... Read More

Water Bill Wastes Billions

September 09, 2016 | Transportation & Infrastructure

Taxpayer alert: Be prepared to shell out some more cash for big water projects, courtesy of the U.S. Senate. A few months ago, we wrote... Read More

Approps Debacle Leads to Continuing Resolution (Again)

September 02, 2016 | Budget & Tax , Earmarks & Appropriations

Approps Debacle Leads to Continuing Resolution (Again) Congress returns for a few weeks after Labor Day before hitting the campaign trail in October in the run up the November elections. This... Read More

Costly Decade to Come

August 26, 2016 | Budget & Tax

Costly Decade to Come “In fiscal year 2016, the federal budget deficit will increase in relation to economic output for the first time since 2009, the... Read More

The Big Cheese Giveaway

August 19, 2016 | Agriculture

The Big Cheese Giveaway Congress is a little more than halfway through its nine week recess, but powerful special interests in the agricultural sector are... Read More

Fueling Corporate Welfare

August 12, 2016 | Energy , Natural Resources

Fueling Corporate Welfare   Congress is out for the summer, but government agencies are still at work. The Department of the Interior is deep into finalizing a new... Read More

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Tax Reform Turns 30

October 21, 2016


End the Energy Boondoggle

October 19, 2016

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Hurricane Matthew Impacts

October 14, 2016

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Infographic about the 2014 Farm Bill

October 12, 2016