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Lift Off: Private Sector Bringing Manned Spaceflight Back to U.S.

by Dan Barrett / /

NASA made a big announcement yesterday that is out of this world: two companies (Boeing and SpaceX) have been selected to ferry humans from earth to the International Space Station (ISS). Boeing has completed all of NASA’s testing and will receive $4.2 billion while SpaceX has docked with ISS and will get $2.6 billion. Now, both companies will go through more rounds of testing, approval, and preparation to be the first private companies to get astronauts to ISS in low-earth orbit (about 250 miles up) sometime in 2017. The announcement is both a small step and a giant leap towards a cheaper, domestic, more efficient space capacity for a few reasons.


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D.C. and California: Consider New Costs in New State and State Split Discussions

by Dan Barrett / /

While discussion continues over granting Washington, D.C. statehood and splitting up California into six separate states, reformers need to consider the new costs that will almost certainly face them as their citizens gain new rights.
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Can Two Senators Get Along on a Desert Island? How About on the Budget?

by Dan Barrett / /

I found myself reading an article combining politics and reality television on Entertainment Weekly. No Really. Senators Jeff Flake and Martin Heinrich will be morooned on a desert island for 6 days and 6 nights in a series titled Rival Survival. Can they
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New Jobs Report Disappoints

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

The latest jobs figures are out and though 142,000 jobs were added in August, officials were expecting much more growth. The labor participation rate also dropped to levels comparable to the recession.
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Taxpayer's Tab 

Taxpayer's Tab Issue #34

by Dan Barrett / /

At this point, Members in the House have introduced 661 spending bills and 139 cut bills, a ratio of nearly 5 to 1. Senators have authored 437 spending bills and 68 savings bills – that is over 6 increases for each reduction proposed.
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Policy Papers 

National Taxpayers Union Foundation’s Cost Analysis of the President’s 2014 State of the Union Address

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The White House has voiced support for H.R. 3080, the House version of the Water Resources Development Act of 2013. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimated the bill would cost $3.459 billion over five years.
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Taxpayer's Tab Issue #33

by Dan Barrett / /

NTU Foundation has always been able to rely on our network of taxpayers, policy experts, and advocates to get Americans the most up-to-date figures on how officials in Washington, D.C. want to change spending. Now, we need your help once again.
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Taxpayer Tab August

by Dan Barrett / /

Taxpayers from across the country voiced their preference for either a new tax system or reforming the current one in this year's Milton Friedman tax reform poll. They had five options to choose from (a FairTax, Flat Tax, Transaction Tax, Value-Added
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Latest Taxpayer's Tab: Publicly Funded Art

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

Did you know that in 2002, taxpayers funded a $10,000 grant that went to support the Arctic Chamber Orchestra's tour through rural Alaska? The government agency that administered the funding is the National Endowment for the Arts, which was establishe
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Taxpayer's Tab Issue #32

by Dan Barrett / /

This week, National Taxpayers Union Foundation says goodbye to our 11 summer interns.
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