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More Bipartisan Support for Legislation to Rein In IRS

by Brandon Arnold / /

Earlier this year, NTU was pleased to be among the first organizations to endorse H.R. 1104, the "Fair Treatment for All Donations Act," a bill that would help prevent the IRS from overzealously targeting certain nonprofit organizations. The legislation p
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Republican Study Committee Offers Real Solution to Debt Crisis

by Nan Swift / /

Faced with a rapidly approaching debt ceiling crisis on November 3, lawmakers have a big opportunity to secure much-needed savings for taxpayers. The Republican Study Committee's (RSC) "Terms of Credit Act: Budget, Work, and Grow" is an innovative legisla
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Taxpayers Deserve Insurance Policy against Housing Market Downturn

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Writing in American Banker earlier this week, former Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Chairman William Isaac made the case that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are undercapitalized due to the Treasury's so-called "Third Amendment" to the Housing an
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State Policy Network Annual Meeting Recap

by Clark Packard / /

Last week, several NTU staff members attended the State Policy Network's (SPN) Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids, Michigan. With approximately 1,000 attendees – ranging from activists to politicians to scholars from various think tanks across the count
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Government Grants Continue to be Misused Without an End in Sight

by Clark Packard / /

In a recent article in The Hill, Dr. Edward Peter Stringham, a professor at Trinity College, makes the case that government grants are being used to peddle certain pre-ordained politically-favored causes. Dr. Stringham uses recent studies on the alleged n
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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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EPA Promises More Ethanol, No Relief for Consumers

by Nan Swift / /

Congress desperately needs to take legislative action to address the growing imbalance between the Renewable Fuel Standard's (RFS) underlying statute and real-world consumer demand. Instead, it has repeatedly deferred to the Environmental Protection Agenc
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D.C. Commits Flagrant Foul Against Taxpayers Over New Basketball Facility

by Nan Swift / /

This week, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a deal to transform the site of former psychiatric hospital St. Elizabeths, in the city's Congress Heights neighborhood, into a practice complex for the NBA Wizards and home game facility for the W
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Chicago Over-Taxing Amazon, Netflix, Spotify, Hulu, Xbox Live and Other Online and Streaming Services? Not So Fast!

by Clark Packard / /

In June, the city of Chicago's Finance Department issued an administrative ruling that applied the city's 9 percent "Amusement Tax" to streaming video (Netflix, e.g.), gaming (Xbox Live, e.g.), and audio (Spotify, e.g.). The tax applies to anyone subscrib
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Can Congress Be Tempted by this Low-Hanging Legislative Fruit?

by Nan Swift / /

For the fifth year in a row, National Taxpayers Union is pleased to offer for consideration 10 "no-brainer" bills - commonsense, bipartisan legislation that would in some way create a change for the better. Faced with a fall calendar packed with potential
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