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CBO: Sequester Repeal Would Raise Deficits, Lower Growth

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

The economic benefits of repealing sequestration are uncertain, at best, and would likely be offset by the long-term losses that higher deficits would cause.
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GAO: Debt Ceiling Standoff Cost Taxpayers $38 Million

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

According to a new report from the Government Accountability Office, delays in debt ceiling negotiations cost taxpayers between $38 million and $70 million in 2013. They recommended three alternative approaches to how lawmakers deal with the debt limit.
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NTU Praises New ALEC Study

by Elizabeth Dolan / /

National Taxpayers Union (NTU) would like to commend the American Legislative Exchange Council's (ALEC) Center for State Fiscal Reform for the publication of their latest study, State of the States: An Analysis of the 2015 Governors' Addresses. Writte
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Taxpayers Claim Victory over Zombie Earmark

by Nan Swift / /

On Wednesday night, House lawmakers voted to approve an amendment to H.R. 2685, the Department of Defense (DoD) Appropriations Act of 2016, to end the shipment of anthracite coal from Pennsylvania all the way to the Kaiserslautern U.S. military base in Ge
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NTU Applauds Texas Budget

by Clark Packard / /

As a member of the Conservative Texas Budget Coalition (CTBC), and as the nation's oldest taxpayer organization, National Taxpayers Union (NTU) applauds the Texas Legislature's recently passed budget for the next two fiscal years. The $209.4 billion plan
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NTU Urges Scrutiny of NIH Grant Use

by Clark Packard / /

Earlier this week, National Taxpayers Union (NTU) wrote a letter to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) regarding the possible misuse of grant funds. A recent study written by three University of Florida professors examined whether Illinois' 2009 alco
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Senator McCain Launches Attack on Wasteful Spending

by Nan Swift / /

Maintaining the legacy of retired, and greatly missed, Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK), Senator John McCain (R-AZ) released what his office is calling the first in a series of reports on "wasteful, duplicative, and inefficient government spending."
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There's a Federal Program for That: The History of Russian Smoking

by Demian Brady / /

Last year NTU Foundation wrote about a World Health Organization meeting in Moscow, Russia. WHO – which is getting $114 million from the U.S. this year – convened the gathering to push a plan encouraging countries to increase taxes on tobacco
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Congress Is Monkeying Around with the Budget

by Brandon Arnold / /

Kudos to Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) for holding up – however briefly – the Congressional budget resolution over very serious concerns about so-called "Changes in Mandatory Spending" or CHIMPS. Though unfortunately he eventually relented and droppe
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If Taxpayers Could Instruct Congressional Budgeters, the Word Would be Discipline

by Nan Swift / /

As Members of Congress meet to hammer out the differences between the House and Senate's Fiscal Year 2016 budget resolutions, much is on the line for America's taxpayers. There are three decisions in particular conferees can make to ensure that the budget
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