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Initiative 185 Would Raise Taxes on All Montanans

Montanans will decide the fate of Initiative 185 when they vote this November.  The ballot measure is needed, proponents say, because it will finally accomplish the most noble, yet elusive, of goals: reducing smoking and raising revenue for the expansion of Medicaid in Montana, so that thousands more can realize the benefits of healthcare.  It would raise the cigarette tax by $2 per pack; raise taxes on moist snuff by the greater of 83 percent of the wholesale price or $3.70 per 1.2 ounces; and raise taxes by 33 percent on vaping products.  The proceeds, it is claimed, would fund Medicaid e

CAGW Submits Comment Prior to House Hearing on Sports Betting

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) President Tom Schatz issued a statement for the record prior to the House Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations hearing, “Post-PASPA: An Examination of Sports Betting in America."

Legal Sports Betting Should Be Allowed to Thrive

In May 2018, in Murphy v. NCAA, the Supreme Court invalidated a 1992 law called the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA), which prohibited most states from legalizing sports betting.

Proposed FCC Rules Push 5G Forward

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) wants to make it easier than ever for communities across the nation to bring cutting-edge wireless service to millions of Americans. 

On September 26, 2018, the FCC will vote on a proposed rule that will hasten nationwide implementation of 5G cellular infrastructure. If adopted, the rules would limit the burdensome restrictions that local governments often place on the installation of “small cell” devices such as permitting fees, maintenance fees, and wait times.

California Cases Challenge Threats to Donor Privacy

Although most average Americans are not thrilled when they sign their tax returns every April, most of them do not have to worry that their returns will be on public display.  The federal penalties for releasing tax returns without authorization are severe, as they should be.  In 2013, Lois Lerner and her underlings at the IRS singled out conservative groups for discriminatory treatment and harassment, but not even they are known to have engaged in the leaking of the groups’ respective tax filings.  (These general observations do

Right-To-Work is Right for Missouri

On August 7, 2018, Missourians will have the opportunity to vote to uphold their state’s right-to-work law, passed by the legislature in 2017, which ensures that anyone can hold a job without having to join a union.  If they uphold the law by voting yes on Proposition A, Missouri will join the 27 states that have realized the vast economic benefits associated with right-to-work status.  If the law is rejected, the vote will represent not only a missed opportunity for employee choice, but also a victory for bigger government and deep-pocketed Big Labor bosses.

California Takes Two Steps Back on Net Neutrality

The state of California has moved ahead with one of the most ambitious pieces of state-based net neutrality legislation to date.  SB 822, the Communications: Broadband Internet Access Service, reinstates the restrictions put in place by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) in 2015 and goes even further with additional regulatory restrictions.  

CAGW Releases 2018 Congressional Pig Book

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) released its 2018 Congressional Pig Book, the 26th edition of the group’s exposé on pork-barrel spending. 

New Jersey Faces Plethora of Tax Increases

In the spring of 2018, New Jersey’s new governor and leaders in the legislature were arguing about which state taxes to raise.  Governor Phil Murphy had pledged to soak the wealthy with a state individual income tax of 10.75 percent on all income more than $1 million, but powerful State Senate President Steve Sweeney preferred a tax increase on corporate income.

Media Alert: 2018 Congressional Pig Book to Be Released This Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) will release the 2018 Congressional Pig Book at a press conference this Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at 10 a.m. EDT. 

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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.