To understand the Tax Revolution, it is important to understand what most of our human wellbeing rests on. Every day, large numbers of people, working together and separately, collect and distribute resources to meet the most fundamental and critical needs of society in various ways – and most of them have nothing to do with the government or, therefore, taxation. Here are a few examples of nongovernmental entities that outperform the government – entities you could send your tax dollars to if you had the choice.

Name Alternative to Key Facts Website/Reference
All Hands Volunteers Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) All Hands Volunteers is a leading disaster relief organization, with over 39,000 volunteers, and 78 domestic and international recovery and response programs. Of their total functional expenses, 93.7% go directly to providing services to individuals in crisis, revealing a streamlined administrative overhead cost of only 6.3%. By comparison, FEMA spends only about 52% of its annual budget on actual disaster relief services and grants, while the other 48% is spent on administration. https://www.hands.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Annual-Report-2016_revised.compressed-2.pdf

https://www.hands.org/

https://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/31789
https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/FY_2016_DHS_Budget_in_Brief.pdf

Feeding America Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Feeding America is the largest network of food banks in the United States. SNAP costs taxpayers about $1.40 per meal —while Feeding America guarantees 11 meals for every dollar donated, all at an administrative overhead cost of just 1.5% of their annual expenses. http://www.cbpp.org/research/a-quick-guide-to-snap-eligibility-and-benefits

https://secure.feedingamerica.org/site/Donation2?df_id=15040&15040.donation=form1&s_onsite_promo=MainNav_Donate&_ga=1.65398958.1480259169.1486692886

Command Security Corporation (CSC) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Across the nation, airlines and customers have expressed unhappiness with the TSA. In 2016 alone, American Airlines reported that 70,000 passengers missed flights due to screening delays, and 40,000 checked bags failed to be loaded onto scheduled flights. The TSA failed 67 of 70 tests during a Department of Homeland Security Inspector General audit – meaning 95% of attempts to smuggle dummy bombs and weapons through the security screening gates were successful. As a result, many airports, including Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta and LaGuardia in New York, are considering replacing the TSA with private security firms such as Command Security Corporation (CSC),– and 22 airports, including San Francisco and Kansas City, have already done so. With over 30 years of service and 6,500+ trained personnel, CSC is an experienced provider of high-quality aviation security. Over 87% of CSC’s  total expenses go to providing services, whereas the TSA spends more than half of its $7.1 billion budget on administration alone. http://www.digitaltrends.com/home/american-airlines-missed-flights-screening-delays/

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/tsa-missed-95-percent-of-weapons-explosives-in-security-tests/article/2565360

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/05/09/tsa-port-authority-airports/

https://www.commandsecurity.com/about/overview

https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/FY_2016_DHS_Budget_in_Brief.pdf

https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/dhs_agency_financial_report_fy2016.pdf

https://www.tsa.gov/news/testimony/2016/03/01/hearing-fy17-budget-request-transportation-security-administration

Detroit Threat Management Center Detroit Police Department (DPD) Operating in the areas of Detroit where even the police won’t go – whether due to underfunded municipal services, or the extreme danger posed in many of the outer neighborhoods within city limits – the Detroit Threat Management Center boasts a team of 40 facilitators who specialize in non-lethal and preventative tactics for managing threats, making the community safer by reducing opportunities and incentives for violent crime. In twenty years of service, just one person has been fatally shot by the team, and only in response to the shooting of two facilitators by that individual. For a city like Detroit, with one of the highest violent crime rates in the nation, an understaffed police force due to government  mismanagement of finances and declining population, and a 911 response time of 58 minutes when the city filed for bankruptcy, security alternatives are essential. http://www.threatmanagementcenter.com/

http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/2860963-story

http://www.metrotimes.com/news-hits/archives/2015/11/10/report-calls-improved-detroit-police-response-times-into-question

 

 

Florida Children’s Home Florida Department of Children and Families To many American parents, Child Protective Services is perhaps the scariest department of government. It has enforcement authority to take your kids based on the mere suspicion of caseworkers – and stories of abuse of this power abound. Florida Children’s Home doesn’t have that enforcement power, leaving this power to the local judiciary as it should, with the focus instead on rehabilitation and counseling. Operating since 1904, FCH helped 50,000 Florida families in 2015 alone, mending and strengthening broken familial bonds, while also offering short and long-term foster and adoption services to children in crisis who have been abused, neglected, or abandoned. https://chsfl.org/file/statewide-documents/CHS-2015-Annual-Report.pdf
Kiva Financial Welfare Unlike financial welfare – ineffective cash assistance taken from a tax-funded budget, of which only 25% actually ends up in the hands of welfare recipients – Kiva helps people get out of poverty by crowdsourcing loans. Kiva has facilitated the lending of $941 million to over 2.3 million people. Kiva boasts a 97.1% repayment rate to the 1.6 million people who have provided loans, while  actually helping people pull themselves out of poverty, rather than remaining on government assistance. https://www.kiva.org/about

https://www.theadvocates.org/effective-government-welfare-compared-private-charity/

 

Christian Healthcare Ministries Insurance Plans under the Affordable Care Act Facing the rising costs and numerous network restrictions of healthcare under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), people across America seek alternative options to traditional coverage – options that will allow them to keep their costs manageable, while maintaining the freedom and flexibility to pick the providers and services of their choice, when they need them. Christian Healthcare Ministries is one such option; it is a healthcare-sharing ministry and co-op that began in 1981. Since then, 279,075 members have covered upwards of $1 billion in medical bills for one another via the insurance pool they pay into on a monthly basis. The program offers lower deductibles and premiums that are up to just one quarter those of most current health insurance plans found under the ACA. http://www.chministries.org/aboutus.aspx
Praxis Public Universities In the United States, a 4-year undergraduate degree at a public university costs a student over $35,000 in tuition costs on average, before room and board—let alone the cost of grad school thereafter – are even considered. All-in-all, many students take on a six figure debt while sacrificing 6-8 years of their lives. Praxis understands this may not be for all individuals. Praxis’ tuition fees are $12,000 for an intense 9-month program, which, for an accepted applicant, is entirely covered by a guaranteed apprenticeship that pays $14,000.  The average Praxis graduate salary is $50,000, and the employment rate is 98% – higher than that of any university in the nation. http://www.collegedata.com/cs/content/content_payarticle_tmpl.jhtml?articleId=10064

https://discoverpraxis.com/

“Back a Boiler” Income Sharing Agreement Federal Student Loans An Income Sharing Agreement (ISA) is made between an investor and a student   to fund college education. The investment is only returned receiving when the student finds a job and starts earning an income. The “Back a Boiler” ISA is one such program. Students complete their side of the agreement by paying back a set percentage of their post-education salary over a set number of years – a potentially less expensive option than a traditional loan with fixed interest rates. Once the term of the contract has been reached, assuming successful payments have been made in that time, no additional payments are required – even if not all of the initial funding amount has been repaid. Since launching in the 2016 fall semester at Purdue University, 151 students have received “Back a Boiler” funding to the tune of roughly $2.2 million. http://purdue.edu/backaboiler/
Cincinnati Works Workforce Investment Act

Programs (Employment and Training Administration, Department of Labor)

The Workforce Investment Act, produced by the Department of Labor under the Economic and Training Administration, provided the framework for workforce preparation and employment to meet the needs of both businesses and job seekers through multiple national workforce development programs. Despite an effort to implement best practices in the programming – including administering programs at the local level to increase efficiency and understanding of businesses, individuals, and local partners – the programs have failed to produce stellar results. Of the people who participate in workforce Reinvestment Act programs, about 54% find a job; however, 20% lose that job within six months, leading to a success rate of just 34%. In contrast, Ohio-based nonprofit Cincinnati Works boasts an 84% job acquisition and retention rate – more than twice as high. With a holistic approach to workforce development, emphasizing job readiness as well as skills training, job quality, including advancement opportunities, and a number of support services, Cincinnati Works empowers program participants, ensuring their long-term success. https://www.doleta.gov/usworkforce/wia/Runningtext.cfm

http://www.fullemployment.org/pdf/STEPS%20SPRING%2006.pdf
https://cincinnatiworks.org/

Alaska Railroad Company AMTRAK AMTRAK operates at a massive loss each year for the federal government, with a $306.5 million deficit in fiscal year 2015 alone – an increase from a loss of $230 million the previous year, which was the most profitable year in four decades. Alaska Railroad Company is the only private long-distance passenger rail company operating within the United States, and has operated at a steady profit of between $9 and 13 million for the past 5 years. https://www.amtrak.com/ccurl/50/238/Annual%20Report%20Fiscal%20Year%202015.pdf

https://www.wsj.com/articles/amtraks-losses-widen-in-fiscal-2015-1449032400 https://www.alaskarailroad.com/sites/default/files/Communications/2015_ARRC_Annual_Report.pdf

Cornerstone Schools Association Detroit Public Schools Cornerstone has a  school-wide average performance rate that is 20% higher than the national average. 95% of students graduate from high school, and 91% of those graduates will pursue higher learning. This is no small feat in a city with the lowest student rates in the country—largely due the poor performance of Detroit Public Schools (DPS), which leave 93% of its students not proficient in reading, and 96% not proficient in math. Nonetheless, a DPS education still comes in at a price tag of $14,444 per pupil. Out of its total FY2015 expenses, DPS spent 59.5% on administration, and only 40.5% on educating the children. They operated at an annual deficit of $215.9 million in FY2015, adding to a staggering debt of $3.5 billion . The district is well-known for its graffiti-ridden, dilapidated buildings. Detroit-based nonprofit Cornerstone operates at a cost of $13,500 per student, with streamlined administrative costs of only 17.4% of total expenses—with the other 82.6% going directly to educating Detroit children. Cornerstone schools are known for their cutting-edge facilities and technology. http://www.cornerstoneschools.org

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20160731/NEWS/160739983/cornerstone-eyes-growth-but-not-at-dps-expense

https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=partners.summary&ein=382995984

https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=partners.summary&ein=382995984
http://detroitk12.org/data/finance/docs/2015-2016_CAFR.pdf  http://crcmich.org/detroit_schools_legacy_costs_indebtedness/

http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/detroit/2016/01/06/dps-debt/78314708/