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Obama’s Kenya Flights Cost $6 Million, Tie Him for Most Total International Trips

by Douglas Kellogg / /

New data from National Taxpayers Union Foundation's (NTUF's) study of Presidential travel, "Still Up in the Air", found Obama has spent 161 days abroad during his presidency on 41 international trips.
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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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House Committee Acts to Reduce Taxpayer-Backed $4 Million Salaries

by Clark Packard / /

Taxpayers were outraged to learn that the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently approved massive salary increases for the top executives at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Prior to June 30, 2015, the CEOs at Fannie and Freddie each made a generous sa
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Wisconsin Fails to Buck Taxpayer-Financing for New Stadium

by Alwyn Lansing / /

The Wisconsin State Senate approved a deal yesterday by a 21-10 vote that would approve taxpayer financing for a new arena for the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks, and now the proposal will move to the Assembly.
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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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Michigan Wisely Curbs Film Program Subsidies

by Allyson Clawson / /

National Taxpayers Union (NTU) applauds Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, who recently signed a law ending state incentives for the film industry. House Bill 4122 ends Michigan's ill-conceived film incentive program ostensibly designed to grow the state's mo
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HBO's John Oliver on Stadium Financing Fiascoes

by Alwyn Lansing / /

On Last Week Tonight, John Oliver talked about stadium financing, which has long been a costly issue for taxpayers.
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The EPA Strikes Again

by Allyson Clawson / /

In March 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized a new regulation that established new restrictions on residential wood heater emissions, effectively banning a major portion of wood stoves currently on the market. This misguided rule will have
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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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