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Citizens Against Government Waste Releases August 2017 WasteWatcher

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its August 2017 WasteWatcher.

The Can-Kicking Congress: Business as Usual

In political patois, “kicking the can down the road” connotes procrastination.  As long as the proverbial can is kicked “down the road,” rather than picked up, then the proper disposition of the derelict container is put off until some future point in time.  And much like the (equally proverbial) kicker’s aversion to taking definitive action on a relatively straightforward task, the U.S. Congress is composed of 535 “can kickers,” given their predilection to avoid taking action until the last possible minute.  On Tuesday, September 5, 2017, when the current Congress reconvenes after its annual August recess, it will have less than a month to complete several “must pass” items.

CAGW President Tom Schatz Statement on Tax Reform

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) President Tom Schatz issued the following statement in support of the outline for tax reform released by Congress and the Trump administration on July 27, 2017.

CAGW Releases April 2017 WasteWatcher

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
April 18, 2017  

(Washington, D.C.) – Today Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its April 2017 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 April edition of WasteWatcher are listed in part as follows:

Wasteful IRS Program Fails to Prevent Tax Fraud

The least favorite government agency during the month of April is the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) (although that may be true every month of the year).  During the 2015 tax season, only 38 percent of phone calls were answered, as the IRS hung up on more than 30 million taxpayers.  The tax code and tax regulations combined are more than 70,000 pages long.  Annual compliance with IRS paperwork takes 8.9 billion hours and costs the economy $409 billion in lost productivity.

Free File Should Remain Free

Members of Congress and big-government advocates who believe bureaucrats know best just cannot tolerate private sector success.  For example, the well-established and popular Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Free File program, which provides taxpayers that make under $64,000 annually with an option of 12 tax preparation companies to file their taxes at no cost, is under attack.

Maryland's Boondoggle Inn

In July 2016, Frederick County (Maryland) Executive Jan Gardner introduced a bill that would increase the county’s hotel tax from 3 percent to 5 percent.  Despite denials from Gardner, State Senator Ron Young (D-District 3), State Delegate Karen Young (D-District 3), and State Delegate Carol Crimm (D-District 3) that the new tax revenue will not be used to fund certain aspects of a planned $84 million Downtown Frederick Hotel and Conference Center, that does not appear to true.  Part of the revenue generated from the hotel tax hike will pay down the $3.5 million in debt payments for the conference center over the course of a 25-year contract.

Smoke and Mirrors: Teenage E-Cigarette Use Down

There is a lot of misinformation regarding e-cigarettes.  If you’re the parent of a teen, you have probably seen the sensational headlines about “studies” concluding that teens are vaping at “record highs” because it’s now what the “cool kids” are doing. However, this “fact” couldn’t be further from the truth.

A debate is ongoing about whether or not e-cigarettes will lead teenagers down the Big Tobacco road. Some healthcare trade associations are claiming “doom and gloom” because teens are allegedly using e-cigarettes at a staggering rate.

CAGW Releases Comprehensive Waste Cutting Proposals for 115th Congress

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
February 13, 2017  

(Washington, D.C.) –  Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its Critical Waste Issues for the 115th Congress.  The report cuts through the clutter to outline important proposals for smaller and more efficient government. 

CAGW Announces 2016 Porker of the Year Nominees

For Immediate Release Contact: Curtis Kalin 202-467-5318
January 17, 2017  

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CAGW Names New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio September 2018 Porker of the Month

Mayor de Blasio is CAGW's Porker of the Month for signing a bill into law that would halt the ride-sharing revolution in New York City.