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house Bill H.R. 1957

Should Revenue From Energy Developed on Other Public Lands Be Used to Address the $12B Maintenance Backlog at the National Park Service & Other Public Land Agencies?

Argument in favor

Between them, the National Park Service, Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, & Bureau of Indian Education manage many of America’s most important public lands. This bipartisan bill would use revenue from energy development on other lands to fund a $12 billion backlog of much-needed restoration and maintenance projects on the lands these agencies manage, which will benefit many Americans for years to come.

Linda's Opinion
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04/09/2019
Good. Maybe now the IRS will be able to see through #45’s lifetime of tax evasion.
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James's Opinion
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04/09/2019
The tax payer is the boss. Politicians are the employees. Fire all lobbyists. Vote out all the politicians who support a tyrant for president. Keep them honest, get Bureaucratic red tape out of politics. The money flowing through each of these parties can be better used to serve the people.
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Hillary's Opinion
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04/09/2019
I’ve just read some more about this. It appears that the IRS has a free program to electronically file one’s taxes. This bill, while containing many great things, would essentially sign a “no compete” clause with companies like the one that owns Turbo Tax thus giving those for profit companies a giant boost. They have a proviso that certain income levels would be allowed to file for free but that group is bound to get screwed over by these big businesses.
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Argument opposed

Using tax revenue from energy developed on other federal lands to fund maintenance at national parks and federally-held public lands frequented by the public would make it harder for the U.S. to stop using fossil fuels. Instead, Congress should spend more money on public land maintenance and relevant agencies should raise their fees for consumers.

burrkitty's Opinion
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04/09/2019
Edit2: I hate it when they do this thing where they take a old bill and swap out all the content. JUST WRITE A NEW BILL FFS. okay. As for energy leasing on national parks. NO!! This bill guarantees the prostitution of our public lands to energy companies! Absolutely Not! Allot the money for maintenance properly in the federal budget! Our public lands ARE NOT FOR SALE! Edit: having researched this bill some more, I have changed my mind. This bill bans the development of FreeFile and enshrines the tax preparation industry as the holders of all electronic tax filing code. I heartily disapprove of that. This bill is pushing the burden of tax paperwork off onto private companies. Tax collection shouldn’t be privatized. That path is rife with abuse as plenty of history has shown. Whether I pay more or less in taxes aside, I WANT A EASIER TAX PROCESS! I don’t know why we “the citizens” have to file anything anymore anyway. The government already gets all the information. Why do we still do it? The IRS has pretty much all of the information they need to fill out our tax return, so why don’t they just send us a partly or fully completed return for our review? I want something like the return free filing system they have in Spain. I mean, we already don’t do our property taxes ourselves? So why income? You’d figure typical deficit-hawk conservatives would be happy to save the money the IRS wastes every year confronting the American taxpayer’s inability to subtract correctly. And in fact Ronald Reagan himself endorsed return-free filing in 1985. The likely reason for the resistance is that the proposed set-up would make tax “simplification” —lopping off upper tax brackets, mainly—a much harder sell. If you’re trying to paint U.S. taxation as hopelessly burdensome, the last thing you want to see is the IRS transformed into an agency that just mails Americans a refund check automatically every year. Meanwhile, special-interest groups are in the trenches trying to shoot down return-free pilot plans. In 2005, California adopted a program called ReadyReturn, which allows qualified residents to opt for a pre-completed tax return rather than fill out their own. The state estimates that the new process has saved millions a year in prep fees and about a half a mil in government administrative costs, and taxpayers who’ve used the service are overwhelmingly pleased. Thing is, not many Californians take advantage of it—in 2012, only 90,000 out of the approximately one million eligible—and officials complain they've had a hard time getting the word out. That’s because software manufacturer Intuit, the maker of the prep app TurboTax, wants it that way: according to a 2013 investigation by the nonprofit journalism outfit ProPublica, the company spent more than $3 million in lobbying and campaign contributions between 2005 and 2009 fighting ReadyReturn. Intuit didn’t manage to kill the program outright, but the state’s budget for marketing it was cut to a dinky $10,000. Perhaps wary of incurring the deep-pocketed wrath of Big Tax-Prep and its pseudo-“small-government” allies, other states have seemingly been in no big hurry to follow California’s example. But the dream remains alive in D.C.—last April, Elizabeth Warren became the latest senator to propose (doomed) legislation introducing return-free filing. Somehow, I don’t see a lot of progress on this front any time soon. Being evidently opposed to paying any taxes at all, our president seems unlikely to expend much effort on making it simpler to do.
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jimK's Opinion
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06/10/2020
I truly like the idea of maintaining our national parks. It is sad that our government has let national park maintenance get so backlogged. I do not, however, believe that it is proper to use fees from energy production based within our national parks or even other public lands directly for this purpose. This arrangement effectively makes park maintenance funds dependent upon subletting our treasured parks and public lands to those who would exploit them. I would prefer the complete banning of the use of our national parks for any mining, mineral extraction or any other corruption of park ecospheres for any corporate enterprise. Any fees from production on other public lands can augment the treasury as they already do and maintenance of public parks should be funded directly from the treasury as part of our country’s obligation to maintain public properties. These funds should never be directly linked - this only makes park maintenance dependent upon continued exploitation of public lands and this should never be.
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Boris's Opinion
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04/09/2019
Congress Is About to Ban the Government From Offering Free Online Tax Filing. Thank TurboTax. https://www.propublica.org/article/congress-is-about-to-ban-the-government-from-offering-free-online-tax-filing-thank-turbotax#160011
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    Good. Maybe now the IRS will be able to see through #45’s lifetime of tax evasion.
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    Edit2: I hate it when they do this thing where they take a old bill and swap out all the content. JUST WRITE A NEW BILL FFS. okay. As for energy leasing on national parks. NO!! This bill guarantees the prostitution of our public lands to energy companies! Absolutely Not! Allot the money for maintenance properly in the federal budget! Our public lands ARE NOT FOR SALE! Edit: having researched this bill some more, I have changed my mind. This bill bans the development of FreeFile and enshrines the tax preparation industry as the holders of all electronic tax filing code. I heartily disapprove of that. This bill is pushing the burden of tax paperwork off onto private companies. Tax collection shouldn’t be privatized. That path is rife with abuse as plenty of history has shown. Whether I pay more or less in taxes aside, I WANT A EASIER TAX PROCESS! I don’t know why we “the citizens” have to file anything anymore anyway. The government already gets all the information. Why do we still do it? The IRS has pretty much all of the information they need to fill out our tax return, so why don’t they just send us a partly or fully completed return for our review? I want something like the return free filing system they have in Spain. I mean, we already don’t do our property taxes ourselves? So why income? You’d figure typical deficit-hawk conservatives would be happy to save the money the IRS wastes every year confronting the American taxpayer’s inability to subtract correctly. And in fact Ronald Reagan himself endorsed return-free filing in 1985. The likely reason for the resistance is that the proposed set-up would make tax “simplification” —lopping off upper tax brackets, mainly—a much harder sell. If you’re trying to paint U.S. taxation as hopelessly burdensome, the last thing you want to see is the IRS transformed into an agency that just mails Americans a refund check automatically every year. Meanwhile, special-interest groups are in the trenches trying to shoot down return-free pilot plans. In 2005, California adopted a program called ReadyReturn, which allows qualified residents to opt for a pre-completed tax return rather than fill out their own. The state estimates that the new process has saved millions a year in prep fees and about a half a mil in government administrative costs, and taxpayers who’ve used the service are overwhelmingly pleased. Thing is, not many Californians take advantage of it—in 2012, only 90,000 out of the approximately one million eligible—and officials complain they've had a hard time getting the word out. That’s because software manufacturer Intuit, the maker of the prep app TurboTax, wants it that way: according to a 2013 investigation by the nonprofit journalism outfit ProPublica, the company spent more than $3 million in lobbying and campaign contributions between 2005 and 2009 fighting ReadyReturn. Intuit didn’t manage to kill the program outright, but the state’s budget for marketing it was cut to a dinky $10,000. Perhaps wary of incurring the deep-pocketed wrath of Big Tax-Prep and its pseudo-“small-government” allies, other states have seemingly been in no big hurry to follow California’s example. But the dream remains alive in D.C.—last April, Elizabeth Warren became the latest senator to propose (doomed) legislation introducing return-free filing. Somehow, I don’t see a lot of progress on this front any time soon. Being evidently opposed to paying any taxes at all, our president seems unlikely to expend much effort on making it simpler to do.
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    I truly like the idea of maintaining our national parks. It is sad that our government has let national park maintenance get so backlogged. I do not, however, believe that it is proper to use fees from energy production based within our national parks or even other public lands directly for this purpose. This arrangement effectively makes park maintenance funds dependent upon subletting our treasured parks and public lands to those who would exploit them. I would prefer the complete banning of the use of our national parks for any mining, mineral extraction or any other corruption of park ecospheres for any corporate enterprise. Any fees from production on other public lands can augment the treasury as they already do and maintenance of public parks should be funded directly from the treasury as part of our country’s obligation to maintain public properties. These funds should never be directly linked - this only makes park maintenance dependent upon continued exploitation of public lands and this should never be.
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    The tax payer is the boss. Politicians are the employees. Fire all lobbyists. Vote out all the politicians who support a tyrant for president. Keep them honest, get Bureaucratic red tape out of politics. The money flowing through each of these parties can be better used to serve the people.
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    Congress Is About to Ban the Government From Offering Free Online Tax Filing. Thank TurboTax. https://www.propublica.org/article/congress-is-about-to-ban-the-government-from-offering-free-online-tax-filing-thank-turbotax#160011
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    I’ve just read some more about this. It appears that the IRS has a free program to electronically file one’s taxes. This bill, while containing many great things, would essentially sign a “no compete” clause with companies like the one that owns Turbo Tax thus giving those for profit companies a giant boost. They have a proviso that certain income levels would be allowed to file for free but that group is bound to get screwed over by these big businesses.
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    This bill prohibits the IRS from implementing its own free e-file system, leaving in place the free options from tax preparation companies such as Intuit’s TurboTax. However, these companies use misleading language throughout the process to try to convince the tax filer that they need to pay for the upgraded versions. Making this situation the only possibility is a terrible idea.
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    While I don’t agree with energy development on public land when it’s fracking (solar or wind should be preferred), any revenues should be used for the maintenance of public lands. This is much lower priority than: 1) Covid-19 HEROES legislation 2) Vote by mail due to Covid-19 3) Law Enforcement Reform & protests 4) Infrastructure renovation
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    Getting funds to PRESERVE land by RAPING it in another 'preserve"?....That makes NO sense. We ultimately need to protect and preserve all our land, water and air....Oil and coal production and usage is "of the past" and we need to change to renewable and clean energies for the good of ALL lands.
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    Conservatives claim the wealthy are overtaxed. But the overall share of taxes paid by the top 1% and the top 5% is about their share of total income. This shows that the tax system is not progressive when it comes to the wealthy. The richest 1% pay an effective federal income tax rate of 24.7%. That is a little more than the 19.3% rate paid by someone making an average of $75,000. And 1 out of 5 millionaires pays a lower rate than someone making $50,000 to $100,000. Conservatives claim that the estate tax is a “death tax,” wrongly implying that the tax is paid when every American dies. In fact, the tax primarily is paid by estates of multi-millionaires and billionaires. The vast majority of deaths — 99.9% — do not trigger estate taxes today.
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    ARIZONA SENATOR MARTHA MCSALLY (R) 2 items: 1) Please DO NOT support this bill. This is the third time I'm asking. Remember who you represent. If you vote in support of this bill you DO NOT represent over 50% of Arizona Voters - you represent big business who have the desire to line their pockets while raping our National Parks. How much of a kick back have you been promised? You can look forward to having some free time come January 2021. 2) Some of us are talking about YOUR China investments - You should not be throwing stones at your opponent Mark Kelly, when you have invested in the same business as well as other Chinese companies! Getting rid of the investments a year ago does NOT forgive you for having them in the first place.
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    The IRS cannot be left to the ravages of an ancient set of computers (ancient in today's world is measured in less-than-a-decade increments). There may be reasons this particular bill doesn't make sense (I haven't studied it in detail) but generally what I'm aware of is that most of government is running on obsolete hardware and software. Just for security reasons alone, this must be corrected.
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    One thing I would like to see added to this is a complete overhaul of the tax return system. The IRS does not need us to file our taxes. They know how much we paid and what we owe or are owed. Frankly, it would be more efficient for them to just send us a document to review and update if needed than to have us file, then they check our work. Intuit and other tax preparation companies have blocked this for decades and frankly, to hell with them. Let’s make government work for the people instead of for the dollar.
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    Nationally protected lands need to remain protected. Industry has destroyed much of the land in the United States in the pursuit of profit. Wilderness is necessary for our individual and collective health. To destroy wilderness to pay for the development of wilderness is beyond cynical.
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    Yes! It’s a start. We need to do like other countries. Just send me the summary at the end of the year, with a check or a bill. (A simple form to appeal). Taxes should not be this difficult.
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    Absolutely, Sandra! Just take a look at our extreme weather patterns these days. Mining, oil production, fracking, coal mining, have ALL contributed to the destruction of our, once beautiful, earth. Animals are going extinct at an extremely alarming rate. Enough already. If we do not change our ways, soon we will be extinct, too.
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    The national lands and parks ARE NOT FOR DESTROYING FOR THE RICH TO GET RICHER. AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT WILL HAPPEN. I knew there was a hidden agenda in this ”Bi-Partisan bill. This is ridiculous. Stop stripping our beautiful national lands for gas & oil & worse. Those companies not only are not careful when they work, but they also go off and leave a huge mess when they are finished. Our lands will be destroyed.
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    Hey my Moscow Mitch, communistic slimy wannabes and trumpublican Reps. “Comrades” Brady, Cornyn and Cruz, Just F’ing NO‼️ We seriously need to remove our reliance on oil, particularly in transportation!! 🖕🖕🖕💩’s Quit drilling up MY/OUR PARKS
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    I like my free tax filing. No thanks.
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    Yes pass the tax payer first act. We need all of the loopholes closed. It's time congress does things to help the average person. Their hardware & software needs to be updated.
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