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Pricing the Proposals in the Democratic Debate

by Demian Brady, Michael Tasselmyer, Timothy Howland / /

On Tuesday night, CNN hosted the first of six scheduled debates between the leading contenders for the Democratic nomination. While much of the focus was on frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, the five-person field (all of whom have served in
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Improper Payments: 124 Programs, $124 Billion

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) shows that 124 programs across 22 different agencies made $124.7 billion in improper payments in FY 2014. That's up from $105.8 billion in the year before, and represents what GAO calls a "p
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How Much Has Been Wasted on Obamacare Insurance Exchanges?

by Brandon Arnold / /

Yesterday, the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Energy & Commerce Committee held a hearing on the implementation of state health insurance exchanges under Obamacare. This is an issue of great importance to taxpayers, as the federal g
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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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GAO to DOD: “F-35 Unreliable, Unaffordable”

by Nan Swift / /

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently released two reports taking aim at the oft-troubled F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. The aircraft, intended to fulfill multiple fighting roles across all three branches of the Armed Services, has alre
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Will Presidential Contenders Stand Up to Big Ethanol?

by Nan Swift / /

For taxpayers seeking presidential candidates who will tackle reforming the Renewable Fuel Standard, Saturday's Iowa Ag Summit indicated the field might be a bit thin.
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It Costs $206,377 to Fly Air Force One

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

For some time now, NTU Foundation has tracked the international travel of American presidents and offered whatever insight we can into what it costs taxpayers. New information has revealed that it costs over $206,000 per hour to fly Air Force One in FY 20
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Puerto Rican Debt Primer: Causes and Solutions

by Dan Barrett / /

Because of over-spending and relying on a possible federal bailout, Puerto Rico is saddled with over $70 billion and recently was denied restructuring rights under Chapter 9 bankruptcy rules. Bondholders, who expect to receive returns on their investments
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Presidential Travel Update: Obama Heads to India

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

President Obama is currently making official stops in India and Saudi Arabia. This marks the second time President Obama has visited India and the third time he's been to Saudi Arabia since being elected to office. To date, President Obama has been on
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Latest Taxpayer's Tab: OECD Backs $68 Billion in Proposals

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

NTUF's latest Policy Paper breaks down the numbers behind the proposals in OECD's 2014 Economic Survey of the United States. Among some positive reforms like tax simplification, the Survey suggests the U.S. should take up policies such as minimum
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