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    Shutting Down a Shutdown

    September 30, 2016

    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

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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

Heartburn over Pentagon Spending

August 05, 2016 | Budget & Tax , National Security

Heartburn over Pentagon Spending Congress is giving Defense Secretary Ashton Carter a bad case of heartburn. Indeed, each year the Secretary of Defense sends the chairmen... Read More

Subsidizing Sand Castles

Subsidizing Sand Castles Fun in the sun may be costing you more than you think. A sobering fact: If you go to a beach along the East or Gulf Coasts this summer,... Read More

Vanishing Gas, Vanishing Revenue

July 22, 2016 | Energy , Natural Resources

Vanishing Gas, Vanishing Revenue The Interior Department (DOI) is doing a lousy job of tracking oil and gas production on federal lands, and it’s costing taxpayers a... Read More

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Shutting Down a Shutdown

September 30, 2016

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Cutting the Tongass Timber Plan Down to Size

September 27, 2016

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Learning Lessons from Tax Reform

September 23, 2016