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Tax-free Internet days numbered
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Tax-free Internet days numbered

BY Michael Gormley

ALBANY, N.Y. — Almost 20 years ago, Harley Duncan and the Kansas tax department he headed set out to encourage people to pay state sales tax on mail-order purchases, required by law but enforced only by a rarely used honor system. "Well, I was out preaching the sermon, and a reporter asked me, 'OK, what do I do if I want to pay the tax?'" Duncan recalled. "And I said, 'Hmm. Good question.' "Well, we didn't have any procedure," he said.

02/11/2004
CSE Urges Congress to Avert Fiscal "Train Wreck" on Transportation Bill
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Press Release

CSE Urges Congress to Avert Fiscal "Train Wreck" on Transportation Bill

Over the past two years, the federal government has been on an unprecedented spending spree, running up trillions of dollars in new deficit spending and future entitlement liabilities. Thanks in part to pressure from grassroots activists concerned about America’s long-term financial health, President Bush and true fiscal conservatives in Congress are preparing to slow the runaway spending train. Their target: the massively bloated and wasteful Transportation reauthorization bill being debated in Congress this week.

02/10/2004
CSE Urges Congress to Avert Fiscal "Train Wreck" on Transportation Bill
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Press Release

CSE Urges Congress to Avert Fiscal "Train Wreck" on Transportation Bill

Over the past two years, the federal government has been on an unprecedented spending spree, running up trillions of dollars in new deficit spending and future entitlement liabilities. Thanks in part to pressure from grassroots activists concerned about America’s long-term financial health, President Bush and true fiscal conservatives in Congress are preparing to slow the runaway spending train. Their target: the massively bloated and wasteful Transportation reauthorization bill being debated in Congress this week.

02/10/2004
Tax opponent keeps the faith of fiscal conservatism
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Tax opponent keeps the faith of fiscal conservatism

BY CRYSTAL BOLNER

PHOTO Russ Walker of Keizer is the director of the Northwest chapter of Citizens for a Sound Economy. Keizer’s rebellion against Salem’s property taxes was a selling point for Walker and his family. KEIZER — Russ Walker makes his living preaching self-reliance, less government and low taxes. Some would say that makes him a model Keizer resident. Walker is the director of the Northwest chapter of Citizens for a Sound Economy, the organization that spearheaded last week’s defeat of the state’s income tax Measure 30.

02/10/2004
Super-Meeting Brings Together Statewide Activists
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Press Release

Super-Meeting Brings Together Statewide Activists

On Febuary 7, 2004, 92 super activists from 30 counties across North Carolina came together to plan for action on the CSE Freedom Agenda and a range of other issues. The meeting was held at 10 AM at the Vance Hotel in Statesville. Guest speakers were Max Pappas, CSE Policy Analyst, who spoke on the Freedom Agenda. Also speaking on property rights and environmental policy issues were Bob Slocomb, Exec. VP for the North Carolina Forestry Assn., Steve Henson, Executive Director of the Southern Appalachian Multiple-Use Council.

02/09/2004
Super-Meeting Brings Together Statewide Activists
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Press Release

Super-Meeting Brings Together Statewide Activists

On Febuary 7, 2004, 92 super activists from 30 counties across North Carolina came together to plan for action on the CSE Freedom Agenda and a range of other issues. The meeting was held at 10 AM at the Vance Hotel in Statesville. Guest speakers were Max Pappas, CSE Policy Analyst, who spoke on the Freedom Agenda. Also speaking on property rights and environmental policy issues were Bob Slocomb, Exec. VP for the North Carolina Forestry Assn., Steve Henson, Executive Director of the Southern Appalachian Multiple-Use Council.

02/09/2004
What's next for Oregon?
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What's next for Oregon?

BY PETER WONG AND STEVE LAW

PHOTO Gov. Ted Kulongoski helped lead efforts in support of Measure 30. The measure’s defeat forces Kulongoski and other lawmakers to stretch government dollars. February 8, 2004 So, Oregon voters killed a major tax increase last week? What else is new? They turned down sales taxes nine out of nine chances since that idea first made the ballot in 1933. They rejected higher income taxes 15 times out of 17 since 1912 and haven’t approved one since 1930, when a proposal squeaked through that also lowered property taxes.

02/08/2004
Anti-tax advocate takes center stage
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Anti-tax advocate takes center stage

BY BRAD CAIN

PHOTO Russ Walker (right), Oregon director of Citizens for a Sound Economy, celebrates the defeat of Measure 30, with Jim Zupancic (left) and Tom Cox at the "No on 30" election night headquarters in Wisonville, Ore., on Tuesday. SALEM, Ore. -- Russ Walker has spent the past few days recuperating from bronchitis and from an election campaign that led to the crushing defeat of an $800 million tax hike on Tuesday's ballot.

02/08/2004
EARLY PUNT ON ED PACKAGE WOULD GIVE SPONSORS BETTER FIELD POSITION
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EARLY PUNT ON ED PACKAGE WOULD GIVE SPONSORS BETTER FIELD POSITION

BY THOMAS SHAPLEY

OLYMPIA Now that Gov. Gary Locke has handed the ball on education funding reform to the Legislature, the best thing for lawmakers to do is punt. It's not that that's the right thing to do. It's just that that's what's going to happen, so legislative leadership might as well do it now and give the League of Education Voters as much time as possible to gather signatures and money for an initiative to the people in November. A bid for a new billion- dollar tax in an election year is DOA in a divided state Legislature.

02/08/2004
Kudos to Oregon voters
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Kudos to Oregon voters

California politicians seeking higher taxes here to deal with the state's budget problem should look to a vote last Tuesday in neighboring Oregon. "Voters trounce Measure 30," read the headline of The Oregonian newspaper. The article reported, "Oregonians buried Measure 30, choosing to balance the budget by spending less, not by paying more."

02/08/2004

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