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Latest Taxpayer's Tab: $600 Million EPA Workforce Cut

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

In 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) spent $2.2 billion providing compensation and benefits to nearly 16,000 employees. In this week's edition of The Taxpayer's Tab, NTUF featured legislation from Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) that would cut the EPA's workforce by 15 percent within three years. The EPA Maximum Achievable Contraction of Technocrats Act would eliminate over 2,300 positions at the EPA, and save about $656 million over three years by doing so.

Also in this week's issue:

  • Most Expensive: Congressman Patrick Maloney's (D-NY) School Modernization and Revitalization Through (SMART) Jobs Act would authorize $6.9 million in appropriations for public school infrastructure improvements. It was introduced as part of the "Make it in America Jobs Plan," a legislative package spearheaded by House Democrats.
  • Wildcard: Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced the Social Security Overpayments Fairness Act, which would prevent the government from collecting Social Security overpayments made more than 10 years old from. The issue was highlighted in a recent blog post by NTUF's Dan Barrett.
  • Florida Special Election: Curt Clawson (R) was elected to represent Florida's 19th District on Tuesday, and NTUF has an analysis of the spending and savings proposals he made on the campaign trail.

For the latest on everything NTUF, check out The Tab online.