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Iowa Senate Race Budget Breakdown of Joni Ernst’s Agenda

by Dan Barrett / /

As campaigns enter the home stretch of Election 2014, NTU Foundation released a line-by-line analysis of how Iowa State Senator Joni Ernst would change the federal budget if elected to the U.S. Senate. Researchers matched quotes from Ernst’s campaign literature and debate appearances with cost estimates for proposed legislation and budget data to compile her full proposed spending agenda. On net, she would decrease annual federal spending by $87.1 billion but the top-line figure is not the whole story.


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Grading America’s Governors with Cato’s Chris Edwards; Iowa Senate Candidates' Spending Plans; Ebola Outrage! - Speaking of Taxpayers, Oct. 17

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NTU Federal Affairs Manager Nan Swift steps in as cohost for this week's busy podcast. Chris Edwards, Cato Institute Tax Policy Director talks about their new analysis of Governors, who earns high marks may surprise you. Plus, NTUF breaks down the spe
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Braley, Ernst Fiscally Divided in Iowa Senate Race

by Dan Barrett / /

Today, National Taxpayers Union Foundation (NTUF) released line-by-line analyses of where U.S. Congressman Bruce Braley (D-IA) and Iowa State Senator Joni Ernst (R) could take the federal budget if elected as Iowa's new Senator. The two candidates have ma
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Public Banned, Media Booted, Tobacco Taxes Hiked at WHO Meetings

by Douglas Kellogg / /

If you subscribe to the Taxpayer's Tab, or listen to NTU's podcast "Speaking of Taxpayers", you are well aware that the World Health Organization (WHO) was considering a worldwide tobacco tax proposal that would call for a minimum 70 percent rate on said
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“Free Software” Comes at a High Price for Everyone

by Nan Swift / /

Proponents of the Marketplace Fairness Act have tried to argue that compliance with legislation will be easy and not impose any significant cost to online retailers. As Drex Davis, a small business owner and co-founder of the eMainStreet Alliance makes cl
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WHO Worldwide Cigarette Tax; Costs of Ebola Response; Afghanistan Strikes Again (and Again!) - Speaking of Taxpayers, Oct. 10

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What would a World Health Organization tobacco tax do to American taxpayers? NTUF's Michael Tasselmyer discusses... Also, the fiscal side of dealing with Ebola. Plus, the Outrage of the Week!
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We’re Paying 17 Percent in Cell Phone Taxes?!

by Lee Schalk / /

According to the Tax Foundation, taxpayers are hit with a rate of more than 17 percent in combined federal, state, and local taxes and fees on their cell phone bills. That's more than twice the average sales tax rates applied to most goods and services.
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NTU Honors 2013 Taxpayers’ Friend Award Recipients

by Nan Swift / /

Several weeks ago, NTU held the 2nd Annual Taxpayers' Friend Award reception to honor those legislators who received an "A" on our 2013 Rating of Congress. Continue reading for pictures of this great event!
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The CDC, Obamacare, & Ebola

by Dan Barrett / /

Watching the news these days, it's clear that there's a lot of anxiety about Ebola. Nightly news segments speak of the mysterious virus spreading through western Africa, sounding like a chapter of The Hot Zone or a narrative in The Coming Plague. While Co
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The Impact of Sound Tax Policy in the States

by Lee Schalk / /

Do you know where your state ranks in economic outlook? Or how much economic growth your state experienced recently compared to other states? The latest edition of Rich States, Poor States from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) has all the
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