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Vermont Abandons Single-Payer Healthcare Plan

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin announced on Wednesday that his state will not pursue a single-payer healthcare plan amidst higher-than-expected costs. The plan would have called for a payroll tax of nearly 12 percent as well as higher personal income taxes.


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Latest Taxpayer's Tab: 113th Congress Leaves Savings On Table

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

With the federal debt climbing above $18 trillion and a $506 billion deficit in 2014, the fiscal ink in Washington, D.C. remains red despite record levels of tax receipts. However, there are plenty of savings proposals left for lawmakers to consider befor
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House Strikes Down Attempt to Reinstate Earmarks

by Nan Swift / /

The still-young House ban on earmarks faced a serious threat last week as Members considered potential rules changes for the upcoming 114th Congress. It's clear that some legislators want to recapture the "good old days" of pork-barrel politics.
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Latest Taxpayer's Tab: Travel Update & New Senate Analysis

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

President Obama is wrapping up a week-long trip to Asia & Australia, and NTU Foundation has an update to our ongoing analysis of presidential travel to show how Mr. Obama's travel compares to that of other Chief Executives. Also featured is a rundown
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The G20 Meets This Weekend. Which Nation is Deepest in Debt?

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

At the G20 Leaders' Summit in Australia this weekend, heads of state from around the world will convene to discuss their countries' places in the global economy. Some of those countries are in better fiscal shape than others, though.
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Latest Taxpayer's Tab: Post-Election Analysis

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

NTUF crunches the numbers and details how newly-elected and returning Senators might affect federal spending in the 114th Congress. On average, the Members that voters elected proposed $70 billion in annual spending cuts.
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The Popular Mechanics Innovation Scorecard

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

The November issue of Popular Mechanics features an interesting spread, this time not devoted to drivetrains, chainsaws, or robots, but rather Congressional efforts to fund science and technology development. BillTally lends perspective.
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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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Latest Taxpayer's Tab: Iowa Election Focus

by Michael Tasselmyer / /

NTUF releases new study of Ernst, Braley campaign agendas.
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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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