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  • Big Sugar's 'zero for zero' scam

    David Williams on December 28, 2017

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    This article originally appeared in the Washington Examiner on December 16, 2017.

    Here we go again. On the eve of the next Farm Bill reauthorization, Big Sugar corporations are up to their old tricks. To protect their government handouts, they are once again claiming that a so-called “zero-for-zero” resolution should come before Congress passes meaningful reform of the country’s harmful sugar policy. Large domestic manufacturers argue that, before subsidies and quotas are phased out, foreign governments must first stop bolstering their own producers.

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  • Will Eye Care Lobbyists Retain Their Consumer Rights Loophole?

    David Williams on December 26, 2017

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    This article originally appeared in The Daily Caller on December 20, 2017.

    Despite the efforts of many to “drain the swamp” of special interests, lobbyists are still making gains in President Donald J. Trump’s Washington. While members of the House of Representatives are showing progress in fact-checking special interests’ claims, crony influence peddlers still have one piece of valuable leverage on their side: the limited time on members’ clocks.

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  • VICTORY! Taxpayers Protection Alliance Applauds President Trump for Enacting Historic Tax Reforms

    Grace Morgan on December 22, 2017

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    . – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) applauded President Trump for signing into law the first comprehensive tax reform package in 31 years. » Read More
  • Congress — Avoid Last-Minute Holiday Spending

    Ross Marchand on December 21, 2017

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    This article originally appeared on InsideSources on December 19, 2017.

    As any board member or financial officer will readily attest, budgeting is never a walk in the park. But federal lawmakers have it especially tough, managing a multi-trillion-dollar operation and navigating through countless competing interests. » Read More
  • Taxpayers Protection Alliance Congratulates House and Senate For Passing Comprehensive Tax Reform Package

    Grace Morgan on December 20, 2017

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    . – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) congratulated the House and Senate for passing the first comprehensive tax reform package in 31 years.

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  • TPA Urges Members of Congress to Vote Yes on Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

    David Williams on December 19, 2017

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    The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), representing millions of taxpayers across the country, urges the House of Representatives to vote YES for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. TPA is encouraged by the final tax reform package crafted by the conference committee.  This legislation will provide comprehensive tax relief for millions of Americans. » Read More
  • White Space Broadband Deployment Must Follow Title II Rollback

    Ross Marchand on December 18, 2017

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    This article originally appeared in The Daily Caller on December 14, 2017

    In the aftermath of the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC)  vote to repeal Title II regulations, internet service providers (ISPs) will regain flexibility lost in recent years. Once again providers will have the ability to offer options such as zero rating (free data) plans that can be used to help lower income populations access important content. But, concerns abound about the ability of ISPs to manage services where there’s little competition between providers. Attempts at all levels of government to provide for robust ISP have bilked taxpayers for billions of dollars without addressing rural broadband needs.  Instead of failed government-centric solutions, closing the digital divide will require low-cost partnerships with the government and the private sector.

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  • Taxpayers Protection Alliance Congratulates Federal Communications Commission Rollback of Obama-Era Regulations

    David Williams on December 14, 2017

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    . – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) applauded the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for rolling back onerous Title II net neutrality regulations that have been holding back internet investment and hurting taxpayers. By a 3-2 vote, the FCC nixed the disastrous Title II regulations imposed on the internet.  This shows that the agency, under the leadership of Chairman Pai, is serious about advancing sensible tech policy in a way that benefits taxpayers and all Americans. » Read More
  • Alabama taxpayers could save money and have faster internet based on technology being tested in Cullman

    Johnny Kampis on December 13, 2017

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    This article originally appeared on Yellowhammer News on December 10, 2017

    Nestled between knee-high grass and mobile homes, a cell tower in this small community in Cullman County will soon demonstrate cutting-edge technology. It is here that AT&T will run fiber-optic cable and then beam internet signals to nearby homes with antennas installed on their rooftops, a service known as fixed wireless. This rural area in Alabama is one of the test cases for the new technology, which AT&T will use to deliver internet to areas where it’s not cost effective to build out fiber-optic infrastructure.

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  • The FCC Should Unleash the Private Sector to Create American Jobs

    Jeffrey Mazzella on December 12, 2017

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    This article originally appeared in the Morning Consult on December 4, 2017, and was written by Jeffrey Mazzella, President of the Center for Individual Freedom.

    In an era of unprecedented congressional gridlock, the best way for the Trump administration to keep its promise to build new infrastructure and create new jobs is to find new ways to boost private sector investment. That requires an all-hands-on-deck effort, across all departments of government – not just at the big “hard-hat” agencies like the Department of Transportation. Fortunately, one of the most important efforts to drive private sector infrastructure growth is already under consideration at the Federal Communications Commission.

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  • Taxpayers shouldn't foot the bill for exoplanets and supercolliders

    Ross Marchand on December 11, 2017

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    This article originally appeared in The Washington Examiner on December 11, 2017

    Discoveries beyond the solar system are exciting, so long as the price tag remains hidden from the public view. NASA recently released a technical/cost analysis on their ambitious Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) to little fanfare. WFRIST, designed to provide a high-resolution mapping of the universe and explore planets outside our solar system (exoplanets), had its cost originally pegged at $3.2 billion. Now, the cost is expected to be around $4 billion due to the planned “technological demonstration” of expensive coronagraph equipment. And $4 billion may be low considering the inevitable cost overruns with any government project.

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  • TPA Leads Coalition Against Tariffs on Washing Machines

    David Williams on December 8, 2017

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    On behalf of the undersigned organizations, representing millions of American taxpayers, we urge you to reject the unnecessary, overly broad relief recommended by the International Trade Commission in Inv. No. TA-201-76 – a safeguard investigation initiated by Whirlpool pertaining to the import of large residential washers. We urge you to carefully consider the effects of any relief that would harm American job creation, American economic growth, and investment in America. Whirlpool’s attempt to stifle U.S. competition and U.S. consumer choice by effectively prohibiting imports of washers and restricting access to parts is directly contrary to your job-creation agenda and the good work done by local leaders in South Carolina and Tennessee to attract investment by state-of-the-art manufacturers.

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  • Obama’s Failed Stimulus Still Fleecing Taxpayers

    David Williams on December 6, 2017

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    This article originally appeared on on December 5, 2017

    It’s not healthy to dwell on the past.  But, for the taxpayers across the country, it is important to learn from past mistakes.  The continued problems with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), aka Stimulus Plan, is a good lesson as to what not to do.  The nearly trillion-dollar spending package, passed on a party-line vote in 2009, was supposed to rocket the economy out of the recession. » Read More
  • To Put A Dent In Human Trafficking, World Leaders Must Ditch Plain Packaging

    Ross Marchand on December 4, 2017

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    This article was originally appeared in The Daily Caller on November 29, 2017

    December 1, 2017 will be the five-year anniversary of mandated plain packaging of tobacco products in Australia. Despite being touted as a major victory for “public health,” the law hardly made an impact on smoking in the Down Under. In fact, according to the most recent figures, since plain packaging was introduced the number of smokers in Australia has increased for the first time in decades. And this increase was despite multiple increases in the tobacco tax as well. Lurking underneath the surface, however, are devastating unintended consequences of plain packaging that reach far beyond the Australian continent. The increase in the illicit trade of tobacco, due to plain packaging policies in Australia, the United Kingdom, France and Ireland has contributed to the astronomical rise in human trafficking in countries like the United States that don’t have plain packaging. » Read More
  • Taxpayers Protection Alliance Praises Senate Success in Passing Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

    David Williams on December 2, 2017

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Taxpayers Protection Alliance congratulates the Senate for passing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act early Saturday morning in a 51-49 vote. This is an important step in lowering taxes for all Americans and making America more competitive globally. » Read More
  • TPA Encourages Senate to Vote YES on Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

    David Williams on November 30, 2017

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    The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), representing millions of taxpayers across the country, urges the Senate to vote YES for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Comprehensive tax reform is a necessity to push our economy forward. We must seize this critical opportunity to provide tax cuts for the middle class and bring American jobs back from overseas. » Read More
  • Federal Fumbles Keep Billions in Taxpayer Funds on the Sidelines

    David Williams and Ross Marchand on November 29, 2017

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    It’s that time of year again! As the NFL embraces the harsh mistress of playoff season, some fans can’t help but to find strange parallels between the performance of their squad and the current Congress. Most franchises will inevitably go through a “rebuilding phase” after the bottom drops out, with uneven performances from rookies and lingering issues from the rank-and-file. Congress is similarly in rebuilding mode, correcting for the gargantuan missteps over the past decade with a mixture of Hail Mary’s and fruitless quarterback sneaks. » Read More
  • Taxpayers Protection Alliance Appalled by Personal Attacks Aimed at FCC Chairman Ajit Pai

    Grace Morgan on November 27, 2017

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    . – The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) issued the following statement regarding the ongoing personal attacks directed at Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai. » Read More
  • Whirlpool enlists government to help avoid competing and innovating

    David Williams on November 27, 2017

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    This article originally appeared in the Washington Examiner on November 17, 2017

    On Thursday, October 19, the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) held a hearing to determine what actions should be taken to “remedy” supposed damage done to Whirlpool’s washing machine business by foreign competitors LG and Samsung. The hearing came on the heels of an ITC ruling that Whirlpool suffered injury from increased imports of LG and Samsung residential washing machines. If this disastrous ruling is upheld, consumers and potentially taxpayers will have to bear the burden of higher costs and lower quality.

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  • Taxpayers Protection Alliance Supports Federal Communications Commission Rollback of Obama-Era Regulations

    Grace Morgan on November 24, 2017

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    . – The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) issued the following statement on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) draft order to roll back onerous Title II regulations introduced in 2015: Taxpayers and consumers win when free markets, not unelected bureaucrats, drive decisions on the growth of the internet.  TPA supports an open internet that is free from utility-style heavy-handed regulation. The Title II order has had a negative impact on citizens across the country, by needlessly stifling investment and innovation.  TPA is encouraged that Chairman Pai’s proposal will help repeal these costly regulations, to the benefit of taxpayers and businesses. 

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