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  • Free Market Forces and Healthcare: The Results Are In

    David Williams and Ross Marchand on 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.

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  • The Streetcar: A Monument To Fiscal Failure

    Ross Marchand on March 12, 2018

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    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 Imports

    David Williams on March 8, 2018

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    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. 

     

     
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  • TPA Leads Coalition Opposing Tariffs

    on March 7, 2018

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    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
  • STRONGER Patents Act Gives Green Light to Innovators

    Ross Marchand on March 6, 2018

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    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
  • Taxpayers Protection Alliance Issues Statement on President Trump's New Tariffs

    David Williams on March 5, 2018

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    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
  • Bi-Partisan Spectrum Transfer Should Move Forward

    Johnny Kampis on March 1, 2018

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    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
  • Congress Finally Dials Down Its Defense Slush Fund—But the Chicanery Isn’t Over

    Ross Marchand on March 1, 2018

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    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
  • TPA urges passage of Georgia H.B. 877, a win for innovation and lower taxes

    David Williams on February 28, 2018

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    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
  • The International Space Station Would Be Better Off in Private Hands

    Ross Marchand on February 26, 2018

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    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
  • Internet (Still) Alive and Growing Following FCC December Vote

    David Williams and Ross Marchand on 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
  • No, federally funded 'green' research does not spur innovation

    Ross Marchand on February 21, 2018

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    This article originally appeared in the Washington Examiner on February 14, 2018

    To many on the environmental left, funding cuts to green energy amount to a war on “clean technology.” Revelations in December that President Trump was redirecting funding away from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy program was met with dismay by steadfast backers of the program. » Read More
  • Harvard’s Inaccurate Picture of Municipal Broadband Pricing

    Johnny Kampis on February 16, 2018

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    This article originally appeared in the American Spectator on February 16, 2018


    A recent study from a Harvard University group claims that government-owned broadband networks offer lower prices than the networks of private providers, but the argument quickly falls apart when you drill down into the data. The report from the Berkman Klein Center at Harvard claims that in 23 of 27 communities in which private providers’ prices could be compared to government networks, the government networks’ prices were lower over a four-year period.

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  • Tech experts hope for friendlier regulations for broadband deployment in 2018

    Johnny Kampis on February 16, 2018

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    This article originally appeared on Watchdog.org on February 13, 2018

    Some tech policy experts anticipate changes at the federal and state levels this year to aid faster broadband deployment. In some cases, though, that likely will involve spending more taxpayer dollars. President Donald Trump has indicated he plans to move forward with increased infrastructure spending in 2018. An idea has been floated of a federal middle mile, essentially a build-out of fiber along the American interstate system. There were reports that the federal government considered getting involved in creating a national 5G wireless network, but the Trump administration said that wasn’t true.

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  • David Williams Testimony at Georgia General Assembly

    David Williams on February 14, 2018


    Today, TPA President David Williams had the opportunity to address members of the Georgia General Assembly to urge lawmakers to support HB 877, which would significantly lower taxes on modified risk tobacco products that are authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). TPA believes that the Georgia General Assembly has an opportunity to encourage smokers to switch from traditional combustible cigarettes to less harmful alternatives such as snus and “heat not burn” by lowering taxes on these products. » Read More
  • A Tale of Two Budgets

    Ross Marchand on February 13, 2018


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    Analyzing the President Trump’s Fiscal Year 2019 Budget is a bit like reading Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities. The best of proposals, which control spending by cutting down wasteful spending, are certainly in there. But then there’s also the worst, reflecting an “age of foolishness” marked by a never-ending naiveté about government spending and deficits.  Paired with much-needed cutbacks are budget busters that will put the deficit at nearly $1 trillion through the end of President Trump’s first term. The Administration and members of Congress would be well-served to veer off the path of trillion-dollar deficits and avoid reckless infrastructure and national defense spending. In this tale of two budgets, doubling down on the best proposals while ditching the worst can yield taxpayers more than $4 trillion in savings through 2028.  A better outcome would be a budget that balances. » Read More
  • Intellectual Property, the Unsung Hero of Innovation

    Ross Marchand on February 12, 2018

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    Too often, rhetoric about "innovation" is only used to drum up support for tax and regulatory reform. Seldom, though, do lawmakers recognize the importance for intellectual property (IP) protection in creating “the next big thing” to the benefit of customers and taxpayers. This oft-neglected issue is finally being ushered back into the limelight, thanks to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's 2018 International IP Index. » Read More
  • New $500 Million Loss by Postal Service Highlights Need for Real Reform

    David Williams on February 9, 2018

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) reacted with concern about the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) latest loss of $540 million for the first quarter of the 2018 fiscal year.  Since the current Postal Service law, the Postal Accountability & Enhancement Act (PAEA), came into effect in December 2006, the USPS has accumulated $65.6 billion in total net losses. » Read More
  • Puerto Rico Plays A Dangerous Game of Cat and Mouse

    David Williams on February 9, 2018

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    This article originally appeared on Townhall.com on February 8, 2018

    Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló has long blamed his predecessors and those in Washington – namely Republicans including Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) – for his woes. Rosselló has called the ground-breaking Tax Cuts and Jobs Act a setback for the island.  The governor has also criticized the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, despite their efforts to rebuild the power utility long-neglected by a long line of Puerto Rico leaders. While many things about Puerto Rico’s governance remain opaque, one thing is quite clear: Gov. Rosselló will stop at nothing to blame everyone else for his own failings. By blaming others and feigning helplessness in the face of challenge after challenge, Gov. Rosselló hopes to secure a heavily subsidized or free loan via the Trump Administration. 

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  • Classic Hits Need IP Protections, Too

    Ross Marchand on February 8, 2018


    At Super Bowl LII, the highly acclaimed digital performance of Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U” opened the door to future stints by late performers. While most were arguing about the musical integrity of the performance, the virtual duet raised questions about the protection of intellectual property (IP) for artists living and dead. While the estates of deceased artists like Prince and Freddy Mercury will have the bulk of their work protected, they would not be so lucky if the artists hit their prime earlier. Thanks to holes and ambiguities in current federal copyright law, older musical holdings are not clearly protected from infringers.

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