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Representative Hastings Wants a Pay Raise

by Demian Brady / /

Congressional pay is in the news again. Under current law, the base salary for Members of Congress is $174,000. Representatives and Senators are eligible for an automatic annual salary adjustment based on changes in the government's Employment Cost Index.
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Five Percent of Enrollees Account for Half of Medicaid's Cost

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

A new report from the Government Accountability Office shows that a small share of Medicaid recipients represent nearly half of the program's cost.
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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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A Fast-Growing and Alarming Problem: Taxpayer Identity Theft

by Demian Brady / /

As if all the time, expenses, and energy spent digging through the 209 pages of Form 1040 instructions, hunting around for receipts, and double checking all the numbers to make sure you've filled out your taxes properly wasn't onerous enough, many taxpaye
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Tax Day Is Here: What Taxpayers Need To Know

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

One of NTU Foundation's primary goals is to offer taxpayers the information they need to better understand the federal tax system. Over the years we've gathered countless data points, written dozens of reports, and tracked thousands of pieces of l
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It's Tax-plicated: Complexity Rising with Obamacare Burden

by Douglas Kellogg / /

This year's new analysis of tax complexity from National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF) found some startling lead figures: a $234 billion cost to the economy due to 6.1 billion lost hours of productivity and $32 billion spent out-of-pocket to comply wi
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Latest Taxpayer's Tab: Debt Ceiling & Social Security Crises

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

Social Security's Disability Insurance program is on shaky fiscal ground, and the debt ceiling -- though temporarily suspended -- will need to be addressed soon. Congress has proposed legislation to deal with both.
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Latest Taxpayer's Tab: Budget Battles Begin

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

The House and Senate GOP have each unveiled their FY 2016 budget proposals, which are likely to be the primary focus of policymakers on Capitol Hill for the next few weeks as they try to agree on a final version to send to the White House.
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Senate GOP Releases 2016 Budget Proposal

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

The Senate GOP released its Fiscal Year 2016 budget proposal for markup today, ahead of a likely vote on the floor next week. It cuts slightly less spending than the House Republicans' budget over the next decade but is markedly different from the Pre
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House Budget Committee FY 2016 Proposal: A Primer

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

Today, the House Budget Committee (HBC) released its latest budget proposal, A Balanced Budget For A Stronger America, which aims to "balance the budget, grow the economy, create more jobs and opportunity, save and strengthen vital programs, and ensure ou
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