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If the Senate Flips, Budget Cutters Would Take Reins of Committees

by Demian Brady / /

The 2013 midterm elections are less than a week away, and control of the Senate hangs in the balance as the Republicans are within grasp of regaining the majority. A comparison of the spending platforms of the outgoing Democratic Chairs and the potential incoming Republican Chairs indicates that major changes could be coming to the “workshops” of the Senate: the Committees responsible for drafting legislation and setting the policy agenda in the next Congress.

If the Senate switches, the average spending agenda of the outgoing and potential incoming Chairs could see a $232.7 billion swing as budget increasers would be replaced by net budget cutters.


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Press Release 

Billions of Dollars Directly in Voters’ Hands, Taxpayer Group’s 2014 Ballot Guide Reveals

by Douglas Kellogg / /

Today, the 362,000-member National Taxpayers Union (NTU) released its 2014 Ballot Guide: The Taxpayer's Perspective. NTU's guide covers statewide and local propositions, initiatives, referenda, proposals and constitutional amendments from 32 states that w
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Senate Candidate Agenda Analysis: Susan Collins

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

Yesterday, NTUF released the latest analysis in our ongoing study of key Senate races, this time featuring Shenna Bellows, the Democratic candidate running in Maine. Our research compiles a list of all the policy proposals from candidates' campaign websit
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Ballot Guide 

2014 General Election Ballot Guide: THE TAXPAYER’S PERSPECTIVE

by Lee Schalk / /

On November 4, voters from all across the country will head to the ballot box to decide which party will control the United State Senate and to determine the outcomes of tight gubernatorial races. While these contests may steal most of the headlines, taxp
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Colorado Senate Race Budget Breakdown of Cory Gardner’s Agenda

by Dan Barrett / /

Providing the latest in top-quality and objective research, NTU Foundation released line-by-line analyses of the two frontrunners in the Colorado Senate race last week. If elected to the upper chamber, NTUF found that Congressman Cory Gardner would decrea
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Podcast 

Lame Duck Congress & Internet Tax Policy; Colorado’s Senate Candidate Agendas? Wastebook 2014!

by Douglas Kellogg / /

In the latest "Speaking of Taxpayers" podcast: NTU Executive Vice President Brandon Arnold discusses the work that lies ahead for the lame duck Congress on Internet tax policy - including the Internet Tax Freedom Act. NTUF's Dan Barrett reviews the ca
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What NTUF Found in the Colorado Senate Race

by Dan Barrett / /

With a week and a half left until Election Day, National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF) has released another line-by-line study of candidates' campaign proposals. This report covers the fiscal agendas of Colorado's two Senatorial frontrunners: Congress
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Taxpayer's Tab 

Taxpayer's Tab Issue #38

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National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF) continued its efforts to educate taxpayers about the competitive Senate races across the country. A new NTUF candidate agenda analysis reveals the hard numbers behind the campaign rhetoric in Colorado's hotly con
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They Spent What? New Wastebook Weighs in at $25 Billion!

by Nan Swift / /

Outgoing Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) released his latest, and last, Wastebook today, detailing $25 billion in wasteful government spending, from $387,000 on Swedish massage for rabbits to $90 million "promoting U.S. culture around the globe with nose flut
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