CAGW Releases September 2015 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
September 16, 2015  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its September WasteWatcher, a monthly dispatch to members of the news media, highlighting some of the most prominent fiscal issues affecting American taxpayers.  The stories from its September edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:

Massachusetts Should Know Better

By Elizabeth Wright

One would think Massachusetts legislators would know their history better and leave pricing to the marketplace, but apparently they cannot help themselves.  When elected officials think they can control prices better than the marketplace, the result is the same – a disruption of supply and demand.  Read the full story here.

The Looming Federal Student Loan Bubble

By Curtis Kalin
As college students across America return to school this month, there is a lot of controversy over how their bills, and those of former students, are being paid.  According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, student loan debt hit an all-time high of $1.16 trillion in 2014.  Read the full story here.

What FHA Should Do: A Prescription for Prudence

By William M. Christian

For those who didn’t get enough of “Mortgage Meltdown” (the original) the first time around, the remake is sure to be appearing soon in a nearby theater.  Read the full story here.

Congressional Appropriations 101

By Sean Kennedy

As schools across the country open for another year, students will learn about the division of powers in the federal government.  Teachers will describe the role of Congress and the power of the purse.  They will likely teach what should happen during the budget and appropriations process.  Perhaps the current batch of members of Congress skipped their U.S. Government and Civics course.  Read the full story here.

Time Wasting Away With Internet Tax Ban Set to Expire

By Deborah Collier

On December 16, 2014, the Internet Tax Freedom Act was temporarily extended in the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (H.R. 83), keeping the ban on Internet access taxes in place until September 30, 2015.  Unfortunately, time is once again running out and only the House of Representatives has taken any action on the ban, this time making it permanent.  Read the full story here.

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