March 26, 2018
This article originally appeared in Economics21 on March 20, 2018
From bloated overhead to cost overruns, the bar for excellence is set extraordinarily low in Washington, D.C. As can be seen from deliberations over the $1.2 trillion omnibus bill, lawmakers from both parties have little discipline in reining in spending. Traditional cost estimates of federal undertakings, however, often fail to take into account the woeful state of cybersecurity. Compounding this problem is the scourge of no-bid contracts and their propensity to bilk taxpayers and leave federal agencies vulnerable. » Read More
March 23, 2018
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – As the President signs the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Defense Appropriations Act conference report, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) has uncovered 642 earmarks totaling $29.8 billion (click here to see the full list) that were not requested by the Pentagon and inserted by members of Congress. That is a 58 percent increase in the 406 projects requested in FY 2017 and a 105 percent increase in total dollars from FY 2017.
Taxpayers Protection Alliance Supports Federal Communications Commission Vote to Rollback Onerous RegulationsGrace Morgan on
March 22, 2018
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) reacted to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) vote to remove onerous regulations holding back the future deployment of 5G wireless technology.
March 21, 2018
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) slammed congressional leaders in the House and Senate for offering a $1.3 trillion Omnibus spending bill, setting the stage for a trillion-dollar deficit this year. TPA President David Williams sounded off on the details of the legislation released this evening.
March 20, 2018
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This article originally appeared in the Washington Examiner on March 19, 2018
There is no telling how many more “G”s will there be. Amid repeated upgrades to broadband, technology experts and pundits have asked time and time again whether technological improvements will continue to inch along. Whether 5G deployment (the latest and greatest “G”) is a walk in the park or a protracted nightmare depends largely on federal policy-making, with pivotal players at the Federal Communications Commission and Congress holding all the cards.
March 19, 2018
This article originally appeared in Economics21 on March 7, 2018
To listen to some environmental advocates, electric vehicles (EVs) are a panacea for America’s outdated, “dirty” transportation sector. After a decade of sluggish uptake by U.S. customers, a variety of organizations and businesses are making bold predictions about the future of EVs. Edison Electric Institute projects that U.S. EV penetration will reach 7 percent by 2025 and grow by leaps and bounds thereafter. A Bloomberg New Energy Finance report released last year finds that electric vehicles will comprise 15 percent of American cars by 2035. » Read More
March 16, 2018
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This article originally appeared in The American Conservative on March 14, 2018
As the recent spending debate in Congress made clear, the Pentagon isn’t exactly starved for cash. The latest budget agreement, reached by lawmakers back in February, blew the lid off of Budget Control Act spending caps, increasing funds to the Pentagon by 15 percent over the next two years. Of the requested $686 billion for the Department of Defense, $194 billion is slated for the Department of the Navy. In fact, the 2019 Navy budget is an astounding 18 percent higher than the 2017 levels, despite diminishing conflicts around the globe. Why a peacetime Navy demands a budget fit for the Cold War and Iraq War is a mystery. Even reliable defense hawks have begun questioning Navy spending in recent years.
March 14, 2018
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) praised President Trump for announcing his intention to appoint Larry Kudlow as the new head of the White House National Economic Council. TPA President David Williams commended the decision, stating that, “Larry Kudlow has long championed free enterprise and has consistently supported spending reform to shield taxpayers from government waste. Kudlow has tirelessly argued through his print, radio, and television commentary over the years that government intervention in the economy through high taxation and tariffs harms customers and taxpayers.”
March 14, 2018
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Taxpayers deserve accountability in the government programs they fund. Despite the good intentions of lawmakers creating “simple, effective” programs, government schemes often become befuddling boondoggles free of any oversight. In the realm of health-care policy, the 340B program is perhaps the best example of these noble intentions gone awry. Program goals to provide low-income patients with affordable medications have been compromised by burgeoning costs, mission creep, and little reporting by program participants. Fortunately, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) recently introduced legislation that provides greater accountability in the rapidly expanding 340B drug discount program. Another encouraging sign of progress is that the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions is holding a hearing this week on the drug discount program.
March 13, 2018
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If you feel like you’re spending more on your healthcare lately, that’s because you are. In fact, we all are, and spending on healthcare will increase by more than five percent every year until 2026. Premiums and out-of-pocket spending will rise faster than inflation, wages, and economic growth. Rising premiums will inevitably cut into wages, as employers respond to increasing rates by garnishing paychecks. Recent research shows that the toll on wages plays a significant role in income inequality.
March 12, 2018
This article originally appeared in the Daily Caller on March 6, 2018
When a massive undertaking goes awry, there comes a point where “let it be” trumps “let’s dig deeper.” Washington, D.C. local officials are inclined toward the latter, particularly when it comes to mass transit. The D.C. Streetcar is a sad monument to fiscal mismanagement, in a city already plagued by education scandals and corrupt governance. At a cost of nearly $100 million per mile and initial building delays spanning seven years for the 2.2 mile boondoggle, District and federal taxpayers have every right to demand better uses of their money. Unfortunately, it’s likely to only get worse. » Read More
Taxpayers Protection Alliance Statement on President Trump’s Imposition of Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum ImportsDavid Williams on
March 8, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, David Williams, President of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), slammed President Trump’s announcement of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports to the United States. In a March 6 open letter signed by 30 free market organizations, TPA cautioned against the tariffs, citing the costs posed to consumers.
March 7, 2018
On March 6, 2018, TPA and 29 additional conservative groups joined together to send President Trump a coalition letter urging him to reconsider his proposed tariffs on aluminum and steel. While we appreciate President Trump's work cutting taxes and promoting America, tariffs on aluminum and steel will be a tax on the Middle Class with everything from cars to baseball bats to even beer being more expensive. You can find the full letter here. » Read More
March 6, 2018
The United States (U.S.) Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) 2018 country-by-country intellectual property rankings put the U.S. in twelfth place for patent protection, continuing a multi-year trend of declining standing. While there’s no surefire remedy to bring America to the top of the list, the STRONGER Patents Act, sponsored by U.S. Senators Tom Cotton (R- Ark.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Mazie Hirono (D-Haw.) would at least stem the bleeding. Consumers and taxpayers alike stand to save billions by shoring up intellectual property protections. » Read More
March 5, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) reacted to President Trump’s planned tariffs on aluminum and steel, which were announced on March 1, 2018. TPA President David Williams voiced his frustration with the new policy, stating that, “We are extremely disappointed with the announced tariffs on steel and aluminum. These new taxes will mean price increases on everything from cars to baseball bats to even beer.” » Read More
March 1, 2018
The Trump administration should decline to reconsider an outdated technology mandate for automobiles that would lead to increased costs for consumers and tie up spectrum that could better be used to help boost broadband growth. The federal government set aside the 5.9 gigahertz spectrum band in 1999 for use by car manufacturers to develop dedicated short-range communication (DSRC) devices to allow vehicles to talk to each other. The idea was that by relaying basic safety messages wirelessly between cars vehicle safety could be improved. However, nearly two decades later that technology is woefully underused. » Read More
March 1, 2018
This article originally appeared in the American Spectator on February 28, 2018
The Pentagon is a massive black hole of dubious spending, and its annual final budget never tells the entire story. Case in point: the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) fund is just one of the ways the military spends our money above and beyond their annual outlays. Supposedly, the OCO will be reduced significantly over the course of the next two years. But before you think the government is reining in spending, think again. » Read More
February 28, 2018
On February 14, 2018, Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) President David Williams testified before the Georgia House Ways and Means Committee to urge lawmakers to support H.B. 877, which would significantly lower taxes on modified risk tobacco products that are authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). As the full Georgia House of Representatives prepares to vote on H.B. 877, TPA reiterates its support of the legislation. » Read More
February 26, 2018
This article originally appeared on Economics21 on February 19, 2018
The nation’s space program often entails sucking billions of taxpayer dollars into black holes. The President’s FY 2019 Budget, released on February 12, gives taxpayers a pleasant break from space oddities. The Budget proposes the removal of government funding for the International Space Station (ISS) by 2024, turning the project over to the private sector. Already this proposal is receiving criticism from some fiscal hawks blindsided by their love for federal forays into space. » Read More
February 22, 2018
Hysteria seemed to reach a fever pitch in the days leading up to and following the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s December 14th vote to restore internet freedom and repeal heavy-handed internet regulations that were implemented by former President Obama’s FCC. Staunch advocates of the Obama-era regulations, from Members of Congress and special interest groups to late night comedians and actors, tried to convince Americans the internet as they know it was doomed. » Read More