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Smoking Rates, Smuggling on the Rise in the Big Apple

by Lee Schalk / /

Despite the ungodly cigarette tax rates in New York City, the number of smokers in the Big Apple has reached 1 million people for the first time in years, according to the latest findings from New York City’s Department of Health. Hate to say we told you so – but we’ve been saying for years that higher taxes on tobacco aren’t the answer


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Vote Alert 

“YES” on H.R. 2, the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act.

by Nan Swift / /

NTU urges all Representatives to vote "YES" on H.R. 2, the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act. This legislation is a common sense package of much-needed energy reform policies that will lower costs for consumers and incre
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Press Release 

National Taxpayers Union’s Annual Scorecard Shows A Failing Senate and a House Divided

by Douglas Kellogg / /

(Alexandria, VA) – Harry Reid's Senate failed taxpayers in 2013 as Senators registered a median score of just 17 percent on National Taxpayers Union's (NTU's) 35th annual Rating of Congress, the most thorough assessment of the Legislative Branch's f
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Letters 

NTU supports H.R. 5252, the “Tax and Fee Collection Fairness Act of 2014.”

by Brandon Arnold / /

Blog Podcast 

No-Brainer Bills; Berin Szoka of Tech Freedom on Regulatory Takeover of Internet - Speaking of Taxpayers, Sept. 12

by Douglas Kellogg / /

Tech Freedom President Berin Szoka calls in to warn of the FCC's latest plan to enforce Title II regulations on the Internet. NTU's Nan Swift talks "No-Brainer" bills Congress has no excuse not to pass. Plus, the Outrage of the Week!
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Vote Alert 

"Yes" on H.R. 3522, the Employee Health Care Protection Act

by Nan Swift / /

NTU urges all Representatives to vote "YES" on H.R. 3522, the Employee Health Care Protection Act. This legislation would permit insurers to continue offering currently available group health insurance plans. Roll call votes on H.R. 3522 will be significa
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Blog Podcast 

Taxpayer Irvin Leroux on his Battle for Tax Justice - Speaking of Taxpayers, September 5

by Douglas Kellogg / /

We have a couple announcements, and are then joined by Irvin Leroux, a Canadian taxpayer who has been fighting arbitrary penalty judgments and working to get additional taxpayer protections acknowledged by the courts so that future taxpayers don't fac
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News Commentary 

10 Bi-Partisan “No-Brainer” Bills Congress Should Pass

by Nan Swift / /

The 113th Congress is about to return from summer recess, and if you believe the hype that this is a "do-nothing" Congress, perhaps you aren't expecting much. Whether that's a fair moniker or not, Congress could do much to dispel it by passing some of the
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Latest Taxpayer's Tab: How Deep Might Deficits Go?

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

Higher revenues and growth admidst mounting debt and deficits: those are the latest projections from the Congressional Budget Office's Economic Outlook report, and this week's edition of The Taxpayer's Tab dives a little deeper into the number
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CBO Reports More Debt Ahead if Congress Stays the Course

by Nan Swift / /

Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a rather dismal long-term budget outlook that illustrates how "persistent deficits" will make our debt continue to climb over the decade ahead. The projections show that the debt will increase from
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