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“Sweet” Subsidies Increase Prices and Discourage Competition

by Elizabeth Dolan / /

Last month, the Coalition for Sugar Reform sent a letter to United States Trade Representative Michael Froman urging a complete Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement that includes expanded sugar market access. Due to U.S. import restrictions and subsidies, Americans pay almost twice as much per pound than the rest of the globe for sugar. The federal sugar program authorizes sugar manufacturers nonrecourse loans directly correlated to the amount of sugar the government says they can produce at a set price each year. Currently, this is set at 18.75 cents per pound for raw cane sugar and 24.09 cents for a pound of refined beet sugar. Due to a price guarantee in the loan, sugar processors can make a profit whether or not the market price is above the loan price; clearly, they have no objections to this extraordinarily beneficial arrangement.


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Uniform Food Labeling Standards Measure Moves Ahead in Congress

by Elizabeth Dolan / /

Last week, the House passed H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act with a recorded 275 - 150 vote. This bill would create a federal, voluntary labeling standard for genetically modified foods (GMO) or those with GM ingredients. Under the stan
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Congress Begins Fight against Obamacare’s Menu Labeling Mandate

by Elizabeth Dolan / /

One of the many burdensome parts of the President's health care law is a mandate requiring menu labeling. In implementing this provision, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) established a rigid 400 page, one-size-fits-all rule demanding that restaurant
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The IRS Continues to Trample on Americans’ First Amendment Rights

by Elizabeth Dolan / /

The IRS is under heavy fire from Capitol Hill once again, but the barrage might best be described as a defensive measure to protect taxpayers. House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) and 20 members of the Committee recently ca
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Consumers Win as FCC Approves AT&T-DirecTV Merger

by Elizabeth Dolan / /

Late last week, the FCC approved the consumer-friendly merger between one of the nation's largest wireless carriers and the largest satellite TV provider. AT&T's $48.5 billion procurement of DirecTV creates a combined business possessing around 26 mil
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New Study: Increased Cigarette Taxes Lead to More Teen Smokers?

by Elizabeth Dolan / /

It is true that fewer American teens smoke cigarettes today than 20 years ago and taxes on tobacco products have increased, but a new study finds that these trends lack correlation. A recent working paper by Benjamin Hansen, Joseph Sabia and Daniel Rees,
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Six States Fail Taxpayers: Increased Taxes at the Pump

by Elizabeth Dolan / /

This year, consumers are enjoying significant savings at the pump, as most Americans are paying almost $1.00 less per gallon than they were in 2014. Unfortunately, many state leaders are using this as an excuse to increase gas taxes. July 1st marked the s
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NTU Praises New Mercatus Center Study

by Elizabeth Dolan / /

National Taxpayers Union (NTU) commends the Mercatus Center for the publication of their latest study, Ranking the States by Fiscal Condition. Written by Senior Research Fellow Eileen Norcross, this report ranks each U.S. state's financial health based on
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NTU Disappointed by Governor Wolf's Veto of Liquor Privatization Bill

by Clark Packard, Elizabeth Dolan / /

National Taxpayers Union (NTU) was extremely disappointed by Governor Wolf's (D-PA) ill-advised veto of House Bill 466 last week. After multiple privatization efforts have stalled in the Pennsylvania Senate, the time was ripe for the state to do away with
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NTU Thanks Senators for Support of Trade Promotion Authority

by Elizabeth Dolan / /

National Taxpayers Union (NTU) would like to thank all United States Senators who stood up for freer markets and limited government by passing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) this afternoon. Expanded international commerce and lower tariffs are crucial to
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