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Turn Off the Oil Subsidy Spigot Article
An oil pump sits idle along the Texas Gulf Coast. The oil subsidies Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the president’s budget, and other lawmakers propose eliminating pay companies to find and produce oil. Eliminating them will have little if any effect on consumer prices. (AP/Pat Sullivan)

Turn Off the Oil Subsidy Spigot

Congress dropped the ball three weeks ago on eliminating big oil tax subsidies, but it still has a chance to act, writes Sima J. Gandhi.

Sima J. Gandhi

Show Us the Money Report
The New York Stock Exchange in operation in March 2010. (AP/Mark Lennihan)

Show Us the Money

Report from Sima Gandhi argues that investors deserve clear information about executive compensation and explains how to get there.

Sima J. Gandhi

Rescission Decision Article

Rescission Decision

Congress should question the White House’s omission of $1 trillion in tax expenditures in its new proposal to cut wasteful spending, writes Sima J. Gandhi.

Sima J. Gandhi

Why Do We Give Oil Companies Such Large Subsidies? Video

Why Do We Give Oil Companies Such Large Subsidies?

Sima J. Gandhi explains why oil companies get such large government handouts, why they take such little responsibility when they cause disasters, and what we can do to hold them more responsible.

Sima J. Gandhi

Eliminating Tax Subsidies for Oil Companies Article
A new oil well operates on the outskirts of Parshall, ND, in 2008. President Obama’s 2011 budget proposes to eliminate nine different tax expenditures that primarily benefit oil and gas companies. (AP/James MacPherson)

Eliminating Tax Subsidies for Oil Companies

President Obama proposes eliminating nine different tax expenditures primarily benefiting oil companies in his 2011 budget, would save the government about $45 billion over the next 10 years, writes Sima J. Gandhi.

Sima J. Gandhi

The Big Oil Discount Article
A man pumps gas into a vehicle in Portland, OR. Oil companies need to be held liable for the costs of their actions, and we need to cut the billions in unnecessary subsidies these profitable companies currently receive. (AP/Rick Bowmer)

The Big Oil Discount

BP and other oil companies are able to take advantage of many loopholes and subsidies that distort the marketplace to their advantage, writes Sima Gandhi.

Sima J. Gandhi

Investing in our Clean Energy Economy Article
The recently introduced SEAM Act would expand a manufacturing tax credit for clean energy companies like Schott Solar in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which manufactures photovoltaic panels. (AP/Susan Montoya Bryan)

Investing in our Clean Energy Economy

The Security in Energy and Manufacturing Act will put Americans back to work, argue Richard W. Caperton, Sima J. Gandhi, and Kate Gordon.

Richard W. Caperton, Sima J. Gandhi, Kate Gordon

Pumping Tax Dollars to Big Oil Article
It’s time for Congress to reexamine its priorities when it comes to tax subsidies for oil companies like ExxonMobil, which total billions of dollars a year. (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)

Pumping Tax Dollars to Big Oil

It’s time for Congress to re-examine its priorities when it comes to tax subsidies for oil companies, which total billions of dollars a year.

Sima J. Gandhi

Audit the Tax Code Report
Spending programs delivered through tax expenditures should be subject to the same level of scrutiny as direct spending programs. We should make sure tax expenditures are efficiently delivering desired results. Tax expenditures that don’t work or are misguided should be scrapped—just the same as ineffective spending programs. (AP/Susan Walsh)

Audit the Tax Code

Report from Sima J. Gandhi sets out the Doing What Works philosophy on tax expenditure reform.

Sima J. Gandhi

America’s Hidden Power Bill Report
An oil refinery is seen in Texas. Each tax day energy companies—electric utilities, oil refiners, renewable energy developers, coal miners, ethanol producers, and others—record billions of dollars worth of special tax credits and deductions. (AP/David J. Phillip)

America’s Hidden Power Bill

Report from Richard W. Caperton and Sima J. Gandhi argues that federal tax expenditures for energy should receive equal treatment with direct spending in the budget process.

Richard W. Caperton, Sima J. Gandhi

i3 Brings Innovation to Education Report
A stack of bills await Washington Governor Chris Gregoire's signature on March 29, 2010, including reforms aimed at making the state competitive in the next round of federal Race to the Top grants. (AP/Elaine Thompson)

i3 Brings Innovation to Education

Sima J. Gandhi explains how Congress can improve educational outcomes by investing in programs that encourage innovation while emphasizing results.

Sima J. Gandhi

Cracking the Code Report

Cracking the Code

A closer look at spending by Sima Gandhi shows some seriously surprising tax subsidies. This lists 10 examples of tax expenditures that warrant further examination.

Sima J. Gandhi

Slay the Sacred Tax Cow Article
Because eliminating tax subsidies can be characterized by their defenders as tax increases instead of spending cuts, they are often perceived as sacred cows that can’t be eliminated. (iStockphoto)

Slay the Sacred Tax Cow

Scrutinizing and cutting wasteful tax expenditures is a necessary part of fiscal planning that can save governments billions, writes Sima Gandhi.

Sima J. Gandhi

Why the Savings from Health Care Reform Are Underappreciated Article

Why the Savings from Health Care Reform Are Underappreciated

The lack of a whole-hearted, landslide, public embrace of health reform is surprising considering that unless your family earns over $250,000, reform costs you nothing and, the president's health care plan, if enacted, is estimated to increase the income of the average family of four by about $10,000 in 2030.

Sima J. Gandhi