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Feb 8, 2016

Top 400 Taxpayers See Tax Rates Rise, But There’s More to the Story

As Americans were gathering party supplies to greet the New Year, the Internal Revenue Service released their annual report of cumulative tax data reported on the 400 tax r...

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Feb 4, 2016

Chlorine Bleach Plants Needlessly Endanger 63 Million Americans

Chlorine bleach plants across the U.S. put millions of Americans in danger of a chlorine gas release, a substance so toxic it has been used as a chemical weapon. Greenpeace’s new repo...

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Jan 25, 2016

U.S. Industrial Facilities Reported Fewer Toxic Releases in 2014

The Toxics Release Inventory (TRI) data for 2014 is now available. The good news: total toxic releases by reporting facilities decreased by nearly six percent from 2013 levels. Howe...

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Jan 22, 2016

Methane Causes Climate Change. Here's How the President Plans to Cut Emissions by 40-45 Percent.

  UPDATE (Jan. 22, 2016): Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released its proposed rule to reduce methane emissions...

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Norquist Continues Offensive Comparisons

Whitehouse advisor Grover Norquist is standing by his comparison of the estate tax to the Holocaust.

Now he is also equating "high marginal tax rates" with Nazism...

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Cutting the Deficit?

According to the President's State of the Union speech, the current administration claims it will "cut the deficit in half over the next five years."

This is a shift from just 6 months ago when the administration was claiming that "the budget deficit is expected to be cut by more than half by 2006."

In fact, administration policies are unlikely to cut the deficit in half EVER.

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WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT TAX AND BUDGET ISSUES?

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT TAX AND BUDGET ISSUES? OMB WATCH wants to hear from you.

Over the past months, nonprofits from across the country have been telling us about the adverse consequences of federal and state budget cuts. OMB Watch is issuing a call to action to nonprofits for a long-term campaign to take the offensive on tax and budget issues -- a campaign about what we are for, not just what we are against.

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OMB WATCH WANTS TO HEAR FROM YOU!

WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT TAX AND BUDGET PRIORITIES? Over the past months, nonprofits from across the country have been telling us about the adverse consequences of federal and state budget cuts. OMB Watch is issuing a call to action to nonprofits for a long-term campaign to take the offensive on tax and budget issues - a campaign about what we are for, not just what we are against. Three main elements of this campaign might include: 1) fair tax policies that provide adequate revenue, 2) support for vital government services and investments, and 3) a re-examination of the positive role of the federal government. Now we want to hear from you. We are conducting an exciting new Internet survey.

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Needs UP, Services DOWN

Today, more Americans are looking to the government for help, yet the budgets of government-funded social service programs are dwindling.

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Preview of 2005 Budget

The NY times is reporting on some details of the 2005 budget according to "administration officials."

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Long-run Fiscal Condition of the US

A new report from the CBO shows just how harmful current tax policies have been to the long-run health of the country.

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Lost revenue from tax evasion

The nation is loosing up to $40 billion in revenue per year from tax avoidance, according to a story in today's Washington Post.

The story also indicates that "...efforts to shift resources to the problem have slowed considerably, even as the extent of the problem has unfolded."

In fact, according to the story, last year the IRS commissioner admitted that "79 percent of identified taxpayers who use abusive devices such as offshore accounts are not pursued."

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The Omnibus Spending Bill and the Budget Process

OMB Watch - The Omnibus Spending Bill and the Budget Process

The omnibus appropriations legislation is still pending. While most of the criticism about the bill has focused on the amount of "pork" it contains, the real problem is the seriously flawed budget process it reflects.

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Resources & Research

Living in the Shadow of Danger: Poverty, Race, and Unequal Chemical Facility Hazards

People of color and people living in poverty, especially poor children of color, are significantly more likely...

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A Tale of Two Retirements: One for CEOs and One for the Rest of Us

The 100 largest CEO retirement funds are worth a combined $4.9 billion, equal to the entire retirement account savings of 41 percent of American fam...

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