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Ballot Guide 

2014 General Election Ballot Guide: THE TAXPAYER’S PERSPECTIVE

by Lee Schalk / /

On November 4, voters from all across the country will head to the ballot box to decide which party will control the United State Senate and to determine the outcomes of tight gubernatorial races. While these contests may steal most of the headlines, taxpayers should also pay close attention to the various measures that will appear on their ballots. The outcomes of propositions, initiatives, referenda, proposals, and constitutional amendments in 33 states could have an enormous impact on government growth, economic vitality, and job creation — not to mention taxpayers’ wallets.


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Blog 

Public Pension Funds Pay Wall Street Millions

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

To make up shortfalls, public pension funds are relying more on so-called "alternative" investments, which can yield higher returns but are riskier and cost more to manage.
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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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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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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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Export-Import Bank: A Bad Deal for Taxpayers

by melodie bowler / /

If you haven't heard about the Export-Import Bank, here's a quick rundown of the basics: Commonly called Ex-Im, the bank was established by executive order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 2, 1934.
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