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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 flutists.”


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Latest Taxpayer's Tab: Iowa Election Focus

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

NTUF releases new study of Ernst, Braley campaign agendas.
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Iowa Senate Race Budget Breakdown of Bruce Braley’s Agenda

by Dan Barrett / /

Last week, NTUF Foundation released a line-by-line analysis of how Congressman Bruce Braley would change federal spending if elected to the U.S. Senate. Researchers matched direct quotes and campaign literature with proposed legislation and budget data to
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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 lite
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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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