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  • Professor Settles Sexual Harassment Claims, Still Receives Taxpayer Money

    Ross Marchand on October 15, 2018

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    This article originally appeared in the Daily Caller on October 5, 2018.

    The #MeToo movement has affected the lives of millions of women across the country, giving them a voice that is finally being heard. Movies, actors and products are being boycotted. But it appears the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) never got the memo, considering that they just awarded a $20 million grant to a research center headed by Dr. Stanton A. Glantz, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), who’s been accused of sexually harassing multiple employees.

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  • The Pentagon: Incompetent on Cybersecurity

    Ross Marchand on October 11, 2018

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    This article originally appeared in the American Conservative on October 9, 2018.

    Over the past decade, massive cybersecurity hacks have become yet another thing for America to worry about, especially if the IRS has information on you (read: everyone) or if you have a Social Security number (again read: everyone). Now we’ve learned that the problem starts right at the top. The Department of Defense (DoD) reportedly relied on compromised technology to undergird data centers and relay drone information—and Americans don’t even know how much of their data was exposed.

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  • TPA Sends Letter to Senator Barrasso in Support of "The Fairness for Every Driver Act"

    David Williams on October 10, 2018

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    The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), representing millions of taxpayers and consumers across the country, sent a letter to Senator Barrasso in support of the “The Fairness for Every Driver Act,” which would repeal the federal electric vehicle tax credit. Republicans and Democrats should agree that eliminating subsidies for higher income folks and strengthening the Highway Trust Fund are top priorities. » Read More
  • Kill, don’t expand, tax subsidies for electric vehicles

    Ross Marchand on October 4, 2018

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    This article originally appeared in the Washington Examiner on October 1, 2018. 

    The federal government can’t help but get wrapped up in the tech sector, placing ludicrously large bets on boondoggles that benefit few at the expense of many. Take, for example, electric vehicles and their associated tax credits. In 2008, then-President George W. Bush signed into law an up-to $7,500 tax credit for the purchase of the first 250,000 vehicles on the market. As a part of his massive, ill-advised stimulus package, then-President Barack Obama expanded this credit to include the first 200,000 vehicles sold by each manufacturer in the United States.  » Read More
  • TPAF Announces New Project Exposing Corporate Welfare/Crony Capitalism

    David Williams on October 3, 2018

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     – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance Foundation (TPAF) announced a new project exposing corporate welfare/crony capitalism at all levels of government in the United States. Whether through direct handouts to companies through grants and earmarks or the lavishing of incentives to lure jobs from other cities and states, TPA will expose favoritism through investigative pieces and social media.

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  • Atlanta Ballpark Subsidies a Strikeout for Taxpayers

    Johnny Kampis on October 2, 2018

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    As the Atlanta Braves prepare for the playoffs, for the first time since 2013, they’ll host playoff games in the house that taxpayers built. SunTrust Park, which opened last year – just 20 years after the Braves got a new stadium in Turner Field after that facility hosted much of the 1996 Summer Olympics – cost $622 million to build. The biggest losers are taxpayers, who are footing $400 million, the lion’s share of the new stadium’s cost.

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  • TPA Slams California Governor for Signing Title II-Style Regulations into Law

    David Williams on October 1, 2018

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) criticized California Governor Jerry Brown, in addition to California lawmakers, for their role in passing SB 822, the California Internet Consumer Protection and Net Neutrality Act of 2018. The bill restores anti-”throttling” guidelines and prohibits free data offers for consumers, ensuring less options for internet users, worse network management, and lower broadband investment. » Read More
  • Ohio city may ask its residents to increase property taxes for municipal broadband

    Johnny Kampis on September 28, 2018

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    This article originally appeared on on September 26, 2018.

    A possible vote to greatly expand a municipal broadband network in Hudson, Ohio, has been delayed, but city residents may still be asked to tax themselves to pay for the proposal next year. The Hudson City Council originally considered asking voters to say "yea" or "nay" on a 2.7-mill, 10-year property tax on the November ballot, but council members decided to delay the action of establishing that referendum in a recent meeting. Instead, they won’t vote whether to put the tax increase on the ballot until the council’s Nov. 13 meeting, pushing the possible referendum back to next year.

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  • Trigger-Happy Defense Earmarking Leads to Even More F-35s

    Ross Marchand on September 27, 2018

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    This article originally appeared in the American Conservative on September 26, 2018.

    Well into the second year of the Trump administration, “draining the swamp” is more of a hapless zigzag than a charge against Washington’s sacred cows. Case in point: the earmarking process. Despite a 2011 ban on congressional earmarking, lawmakers have found ways to bake “inducements” into massive defense and infrastructure bills. Tallying and tabulating the earmarks found in the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Defense Appropriations Bill, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) found 679 earmarks totaling $19.3 billion. These earmarks fuel unnecessary and unaccountable programs that harm taxpayers and service members alike. 

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  • Taxpayers Protection Alliance to FCC: Cutting Red Tape to Deploy 5G Will Help Close Digital Divide Without Taxpayer Dollars

    Grace Morgan on September 26, 2018

     As the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) votes today on rules to help pave the way for 5G growth across the country, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance applauds their actions to bring fast broadband to urban and rural areas.  The FCC will establish a fee guidance schedule that the Commission has determined would be palatable to courts and carriers to help localities recoup costs while also not gouging providers. » Read More
  • At UN Security Council Meeting, Trump Must Sound Alarm on Wasteful Spending

    Ross Marchand on September 25, 2018

    This article appeared in The Daily Caller on September 24, 2018. 

    This week, President Trump arrives at the United Nations headquarters in New York City to lead the security council meeting. Though the issue of frivolous spending at the international governmental organization (IGO) will likely not be addressed, the Trump administration has set the admirable tone of cutting down waste and introducing much-needed oversight. President Trump has already begun to take action on the big-picture spending items,withdrawing $2 billion from the Green Climate Fund, a U.N. project rife with ineptitude and prioritization woes that ensure poor returns for taxpayers.

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  • New Evidence Debunks Big Myth That Repealing Internet Rules Caused Throttling

    Ross Marchand on September 20, 2018

    This article appeared in The Federalist on September 19, 2018. 

    Since Title II internet regulations were repealed in December, supporters of the former rules for the internet have waxed apoplectic over fears about internet service providers (ISPs) and wireless carriers “throttling” (slowing down) speeds. The repealed rules were put in place to force ISPs to treat all internet data equally, which backers claimed prevented throttling and the prioritization of certain data sources. Claims that removing these “protections” would transform the internet into a tiered fiefdom ran rampant on social media and in the halls of Capitol Hill. New data, however, underscores the problems posed by strict internet regulations. 

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  • BREAKING: Taxpayers Protection Alliance Uncovers $19.3 Billion in Earmarks in Defense Spending Bill

    David Williams + Ross Marchand on September 18, 2018

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     As the President prepares to sign the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Defense Appropriations Act conference report, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) has uncovered 679 earmarks totaling $19.3 billion (click here to see the full list) that were not requested by the Pentagon and inserted by members of Congress. That is a 5.8 percent increase in the 642 projects requested in FY 2018 and a 35.2 percent decrease in total dollars from FY 2018. » Read More
  • Government Regulations Threaten PTA Bake Sales Across the Country

    Ross Marchand on September 18, 2018

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    This article originally appeared in the Daily Caller on September 17, 2018.

    For schools across the country, costs and incidentals can add up quickly. Property tax dollars are too-often diverted to overhead and administrative bloat, leaving items like extracurriculars and maintenance in the lurch and underfunded. Parent Teacher Associations (PTAs) regularly take matters into their own hands hosting fundraisers to benefit students and future students. A 2017 report from the Center for American Progress estimated that PTAs nationwide raise more than $400 million annually, a figure that has tripled over the past 20 years. This critical funding tool, however, is being undermined by the 2016 nutritional regulations put in place by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). These standards, which are currently being implemented by school districts across the country place strict conditions on school food sales as a condition of receiving federal school meal and child nutrition funding. While the aims of increasing healthy options to students are admirable, the rules are bound to backfire and hurt parents’ ability to raise money for their kids.

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  • The FDA Must Avoid Policies that Would Inflame the Opioid Crisis

    Ross Marchand on September 17, 2018

    Last week, the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF) convened an expert discussion panel on the opioid crisis with Jessica Hulsey Nickel (the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Addiction Policy Forum), and  Charmaine Yoest (Associate Director at the Office of National Drug Control Policy) in the Executive Office of the President. Both Nickel and Yoest shared poignant stories about the epidemic which has claimed more than 200,000 lives over the past 20 years. Both experts agreed that a comprehensive government approach is needed to ensure that the crisis of opioid addiction and abuse is addressed without limiting access to those with legitimate needs for medications. The conversation underscored the dire seriousness of the situation, but also provided real insight into how the private and non-profit sectors can and are working with government to help end the crisis and get those affected the care and support that they need.

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  • New Poll Shows Web Users Want Less Government Control over the Internet

    Ross Marchand on September 14, 2018

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    New polling data by NetChoice, a trade association of eCommerce businesses and online consumers, makes clear that a majority of consumers want an internet open and unhindered by government regulators. The results, released on September 12, 2018, show that U.S. consumers value the services provided by tech businesses such as Google and Facebook, and believe that market forces ensure that the best companies continue to lead the pack. 

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  • You Won’t Believe How Much China Cheats The U.S. Post Office On Shipping Costs

    Ross Marchand on September 11, 2018

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    This article originally appeared in The Federalist on August 31, 2018.

    As the trade war between the United States and China continues unabated, President Trump assures the American people that China’s “unfair” treatment by will soon end. While eliminating tariffs is a good start to solving the problems facing American businesses, focusing on another sort of tariff may also prove useful. Thanks to convoluted international postage regulations, it is cheaper for Chinese businesses to ship goods to American consumers than for American businesses to ship to American consumers. While this is just one of many factors contributing to China’s massive export edge over the United States, it is one of few that defy market logic.

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  • IGO Watch Comments Submitted to IARC

    Ross Marchand on September 10, 2018

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    On Friday, September 7, IGO Watch submitted comments to the International Agency for Reserach on Cancer (IARC) regarding the revisions set to be made on the IARC Monographs Preamble. Previously, problems in the wording of the Preamble have led to faulty evaluation procedures by IARC, resulting in unnecessary product restrictions and undue concerns by governments and consumer groups. » Read More
  • Tech Will be the Next Tariff Victim

    David Williams on September 6, 2018

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    The tech sector is the latest industry to show signs of trouble stemming from President Trump’s trade war with China. A good deal of attention has been paid to how the President’s tariffs will hit Rust Belt manufacturers, which, paradoxically, are enjoying the benefits of the Trump administration’s tax reform of last year. The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) also highlighted how American retailer JOANN Fabric and their craft customers will be negatively affected by tariffs. In testimony given before the U.S. trade representative’s office in August, Jill Soltau, CEO of Joann Fabric and Craft Stores, “The resulting tariffs on these targeted products will cause substantial harm to our customers, our employees and the economy as a whole.” 

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  • FCC looks to establish smart rules to aid local deployment of 5G

    Johnny Kampis on September 5, 2018

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    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote before the end of September on an order to help guide local governments in establishing rules to aid the rapid deployment of 5G.  This would be a significant step forward in closing the digital divide, without taxpayer money. FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr announced the plan during a press conference on the Senate floor of the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis on Monday morning. Carr said the order is designed to work cooperatively with states and cities rather than be an effort to impose federal oversight. For example, about 20 states have passed some form of legislation to aid the development of 5G and the FCC’s order wouldn’t disturb the provision in those bills. 

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