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The Highway Trust Fund

May 27, 2015 | Capital Insider | Transportation & Infrastructure

Congress has just passed a measure that would continue funding highway projects through July as they debate the Highway Trust Fund. Many say... Read More

How Congress Hopes to De-Earmark Trade Earmarks

May 20, 2015 | The Washington Post | Earmarks & Appropriations

Caught in the crossfire of a ban on earmarks are little-known, specialized tax breaks members of Congress long secured for businesses back... Read More

Budget Gimmicks Are the New Normal

May 20, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report | Budget & Tax , National Security

Budget gimmicks seem to be the new normal in Washington. Straightforward budgeting, where the president proposes and the Congress disposes,... Read More

Does Florida Take Billions More from Washington Than It Gives?

May 18, 2015 | Politifact Florida | Budget & Tax

The statement "Florida sends $135 billion and D.C. returns $150 billion." Rep. Debbie Mayfield, R-Vero Beach, May 4 on Twitter The... Read More

Odd Couple Asks EPA for Carbon Tax

May 18, 2015 | Washington Examiner | Budget & Tax

A riddle: A left-wing environmental organization and a free-market policy group enter the Environmental Protection Agency. What do they... Read More

Fillet Wasteful Catfish Inspections

May 15, 2015 | U.S. News & World Report | Agriculture , Earmarks & Appropriations

When it comes to saving taxpayer dollars, sometimes Congress has a hard time grabbing the low-hanging fruit, even when it's sitting on the... Read More

McConnell Pushes Tax Break for Mellowing Whiskey

May 15, 2015 | Congressional Quarterly | Budget & Tax

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., makes no secret of his affinity for well-aged bourbon. Now, he's leading a push with his... Read More

Pentagon’s $90 Billion ‘Slush Fund’ Comes Under Attack

May 12, 2015 | The Fiscal Times | Budget & Tax , National Security

An obscure Pentagon account that has powered the U.S. war effort in the Middle East since shortly after the 9-11 attacks is at the center of a... Read More

Minnesota Guard Paid Vikings, Wild $2M-Plus in Tax Dollars

May 11, 2015 | Minneapolis Star Tribune | National Security

WASHINGTON – The Minnesota National Guard has given the Minnesota Vikings and the Wild more than $2 million in taxpayer dollars since 2009,... Read More

Louisiana Travels Down Road of Neglect

May 11, 2015 | The News Star - Gannett | Transportation & Infrastructure

Crumbling and congested roads cost the average Louisiana driver hundreds of dollars a year, and there are no easy answers on how to fix... Read More

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May 29, 2015

Kabuki Corps

Throughout Taxpayers for Common Sense’s 20 year existence, every President has played games with the U.S. Army... Read More

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The Highway Trust Fund

May 27, 2015

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Paving the Way with Gimmicks

May 22, 2015