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De Blasio’s Trolley Goes Off The Rails

A trickle of negative stories about New York Mayor Bill De Blasio’s (D) proposed Brooklyn-Queens waterfront trolley, known as the BQX, has turned into a deluge. 

California Gas Tax Increase Faces Voters

On November 6, 2018, Californians will elect their new governor, a U.S.

Citizens Against Government Waste Applauds SCOTUS Decision Legalizing Sports Gambling

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) applauded the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the federal prohibition on states legalizing sports gambling. 

New Jersey Politicians Argue About Which Taxes To Raise

There is a lesson to be learned from the dispute between political insiders in New Jersey that has unfolded over the last couple of months regarding raising taxes. 

New York Politicians Wage War on Plastic

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, both Democrats, are widely reported not to get along very well.  But they have at least one thing in common: they are waging a war on plastic products. 

Online Sales Tax Debate to See Day in Court

During the first week of April, 2018, a number of organizations filed amicus briefs with the Supreme Court with respect to the case of South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., Overstock.com, Inc., and NewEgg, Inc.  The petitioner in the case seeks to overturn the physical nexus requirement specified by the Supreme Court in 1992, when it ruled on Quill Corp. v. North Dakota.

A Moment of Truth: Will Virginia Republicans Expand Medicaid?

On April 11, 2018, Virginia legislators will return to Richmond for a special session in which they will aim to finish work on the Commonwealth’s budget.  At center stage, yet again, is the issue of Medicaid expansion, still unresolved eight years after Obamacare became law.

Hawaii Bill Would Use Tax Dollars to Pay Unions

From every paycheck Mark Janus receives, an amount is deducted and sent to the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), one of the most powerful unions in America.  Mark is an employee of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services, and to keep his job over the years, he’s had to pay thousands of dollars to AFSCME.  But as Mark says, “the union’s fight is not [his] fight.”  Mark doesn’t want his money to be used to support politi

As Other States Thrive, California is a Shadow of Its Former Self

So many iconic images and phrases come to mind when you think of California.  The Gold Rush.  The American Dream.  Hollywood.  The place where anything was possible and big dreams can come true—thanks to the smashing success of capitalism.  “Go West, Young Man.”  It was the pinnacle of American culture, industry, and innovation, and, at one time, a bastion of conservative thought, voting Republican in nine of the ten presidential elections between 1952 and 1988 and producing two famous twice-elected Republican presidents of the twentieth century, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. 

Trump Administration Rejects Maine’s Request to Remove Soda and Candy from SNAP

For years, many conservatives have attacked the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, and for good reason.  It is true that SNAP is rife with waste, fraud, and abuse, and is part of a complicated mess of federal welfare programs that have overly broad eligibility requirements.  However, conservatives looking to reform it by prohibiting people from using SNAP funds to buy soda and candy are promoting an increase in the size of government and are falling for the tricks of nanny state activists.  In Maine, for example, Governor Paul Le Page (R) and former state Commissioner of Health an

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CAGW Names Rep. Bennie Thompson June 2018 Porker of the Month

Rep. Thompson is CAGW's Porker of the Month for attempting to create taxpayer-funded dorms for members of Congress.