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Founded in 1995, Taxpayers for Common Sense is a 501(c)(3) nonpartisan budget watchdog that serves as an independent voice for American taxpayers. Our mission is to ensure that the federal government spends taxpayer dollars responsibly and operates within its means.  Our staff possesses a unique depth of knowledge about a wide range of critical issues.  At the same time, we know how to bring together ideologically diverse partners to agree on common-sense solutions that cut waste and save taxpayers billions. 

Since 1995, TCS has empowered the media, policymakers, our partner organizations, and citizen activists with the information and insight neccessary to make government work for all.

 

 

 

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Ryan Alexander - President


 

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Steve Ellis - Vice President




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Recent Reports

 

Subsidizing Oil Shale


A new report Subsidizing Oil Shale: Tracing Federal Support for Oil Shale Development in the United States, from the nonpartisan budget watchdog, Taxpayers for Common Sense, shows that over the last century, billions of dollars in taxpayer-funded subsidies have been risked on failed oil shale experiments. According to the report, the federal government made $3.2 billion dollars in loan guarantees and $3.7 billion in price guarantees – all taxpayer dollars – available to oil companies to commercialize oil shale in the 1980s. Published November 2012.

 

Green Scissors


For more than 18 years the Green Scissors campaign has been a collaboration between budget and environmental groups aimed at eliminating wasteful spending that is harmful to the environment. This year’s report is a collaboration between environmental organization Friends of the Earth, budget watchdog Taxpayers for Common Sense, and free-market think tank R Street. Published June 2012.

 

Fair Market Value
 

While most of the attention during the larger energy and climate debate has focused mainly on a so-called cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gases, a small but critical piece of energy policy has been mostly invisible to the public: creating a system for collecting royalties on the potentially huge number of wind and solar facilities to be constructed on public lands in the coming years. Given the new emphasis on renewable energy, there is immense potential for development of wind and solar projects on public land, and royalties from these facilities could and should become an important revenue stream, in this time of exploding deficits. Published December 2010.

 

Spending Even Less, Spending Even Smarter
 

While most of the attention during the larger energy and climate debate has focused mainly on a so-called cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gases, a small but critical piece of energy policy has been mostly invisible to the public: creating a system for collecting royalties on the potentially huge number of wind and solar facilities to be constructed on public lands in the coming years. Given the new emphasis on renewable energy, there is immense potential for development of wind and solar projects on public land, and royalties from these facilities could and should become an important revenue stream, in this time of exploding deficits. Published December 2010.

 

Bridging the Gap
 

A large portion of the nation’s 600,000 bridges are in poor condition and require investment to repair or replace. Congress, by virtue of its control of spending and oversight, can encourage states to spend a greater share of transportation funding on maintaining and fixing existing infrastructure. If we are to reduce the number of deficient bridges in our transportation system – currently 11.5 percent of all bridges are deficient – Congress must be part of the solution. Published October 2011.

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October 17, 2014

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