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Top 10 Corporate Welfare Queens

These organizations grow fat and rich thanks to special treatment from the federal government. They manipulate the political system to get insider deals, government guarantees, fixed prices and other benefits, paid for by taxpayers and consumers. 10. United States Postal Service (USPS) The USPS is a monopoly more interested in job protection than efficiency or innovation. Labor costs consume 80% of USPS revenue, while UPS and FedEx spend only 56% and 42% of their revenue on labor, respectively. Reform would allow competition for mailbox and first-class mail service.

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Top 10 Corporate Welfare Queens

These organizations grow fat and rich thanks to special treatment from the federal government. They manipulate the political system to get insider deals, government guarantees, fixed prices and other benefits, paid for by taxpayers and consumers. 10. United States Postal Service (USPS) The USPS is a monopoly more interested in job protection than efficiency or innovation. Labor costs consume 80% of USPS revenue, while UPS and FedEx spend only 56% and 42% of their revenue on labor, respectively. Reform would allow competition for mailbox and first-class mail service.

07/25/2006
Maine Taxpayers Set to Vote on Tax Control

In November Maine taxpayers will get a chance to vote to limit government spending through TABOR reform.  The question "Do you want to limit increases in state and local government spending to the rate of inflation plus population growth and to require voter approval for all tax and fee increases?" will be asked to taxpayers.  Over time this proposal would lower taxes as incomes grow faster than inflation.  Maine Heritage Policy Center has more about the initiative at their website. TABOR has been a resounding success elsewhere.  Although the tax and spend crowd is crowing about Colorado’s recent vote to raise spending, looking at the experience since enactment in 1992 is much more instructive about the success of the first state to enact TABOR reform.  Every year from 1993 to 1999 there was a ballot initiative either to raise taxes or increase spending beyond the TABOR limit, and all were defeated.  A Cato article reports that between 1997 and 2002 Colorado returned $3.2billion back to taxpayers from surpluses, cutting taxes more than any other state.  Personal income growth in Colorado was second highest in the nation between 1995 and 2000 as well.  Maine does not compare favorably to this record, with the highest state and local tax burden in the nation and a 34th place median household income ranking as opposed to Colorado’s 9th place ranking.

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Maine Taxpayers Set to Vote on Tax Control

In November Maine taxpayers will get a chance to vote to limit government spending through TABOR reform.  The question "Do you want to limit increases in state and local government spending to the rate of inflation plus population growth and to require voter approval for all tax and fee increases?" will be asked to taxpayers.  Over time this proposal would lower taxes as incomes grow faster than inflation.  Maine Heritage Policy Center has more about the initiative at their website. TABOR has been a resounding success elsewhere.  Although the tax and spend crowd is crowing about Colorado’s recent vote to raise spending, looking at the experience since enactment in 1992 is much more instructive about the success of the first state to enact TABOR reform.  Every year from 1993 to 1999 there was a ballot initiative either to raise taxes or increase spending beyond the TABOR limit, and all were defeated.  A Cato article reports that between 1997 and 2002 Colorado returned $3.2billion back to taxpayers from surpluses, cutting taxes more than any other state.  Personal income growth in Colorado was second highest in the nation between 1995 and 2000 as well.  Maine does not compare favorably to this record, with the highest state and local tax burden in the nation and a 34th place median household income ranking as opposed to Colorado’s 9th place ranking.

07/24/2006
A Misguided Minnesota Tax Proposal

An ad taken out last month in Minnesota's Star Tribune called for an increase in tax rates on all Minnesotans in order to provide more funding for education and healthcare.

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A Misguided Minnesota Tax Proposal

An ad taken out last month in Minnesota's Star Tribune called for an increase in tax rates on all Minnesotans in order to provide more funding for education and healthcare.

07/24/2006
Dems Reveal Their "American Dream Initiative"

Hundreds of Democrats gathered yesterday at a meeting organized by the centrist Democratic Leadership Council to discuss their agenda and garner support from voters. During the event, Sen. Hillary Clinton unveiled the "American Dream Initiative," a set of economic proposals aimed at helping the middle and lower classes.

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Dems Reveal Their "American Dream Initiative"

Hundreds of Democrats gathered yesterday at a meeting organized by the centrist Democratic Leadership Council to discuss their agenda and garner support from voters. During the event, Sen. Hillary Clinton unveiled the "American Dream Initiative," a set of economic proposals aimed at helping the middle and lower classes.

07/24/2006
Vermont Report, July 24

FreedomFest: Teaching the Choir to Preach First, thanks to the hundred-plus folks who came out to FreedomFest on July 8th and made it such a pleasant success. Thanks as well to all those who gave such enlightening and entertaining presentations, and in some cases traveled great distances to do so.

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Vermont Report, July 24

FreedomFest: Teaching the Choir to Preach First, thanks to the hundred-plus folks who came out to FreedomFest on July 8th and made it such a pleasant success. Thanks as well to all those who gave such enlightening and entertaining presentations, and in some cases traveled great distances to do so.

07/24/2006
10,000 Examples of Eminent Domain Abuse

The Castle Coalition has a crowded map showing locations of eminent domain abuse across the nation.   According to the site

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10,000 Examples of Eminent Domain Abuse

The Castle Coalition has a crowded map showing locations of eminent domain abuse across the nation.   According to the site

07/23/2006
Govt Monopoly Leaves Queens in the Dark

Thanks to state political leaders and a failing utility, 25,000 residents of Queens, New York City, have been without electricity for nearly a week. City residents are forced to buy power from Con Edison, a company granted a special monopoly. Yet, the technology exisits to give consumers a choice in power companies. As Queens residents throw away rotting food in the sweltering summer heat, they should be demanding electricity choice and deregulation.

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Govt Monopoly Leaves Queens in the Dark

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Thanks to state political leaders and a failing utility, 25,000 residents of Queens, New York City, have been without electricity for nearly a week. City residents are forced to buy power from Con Edison, a company granted a special monopoly. Yet, the technology exisits to give consumers a choice in power companies. As Queens residents throw away rotting food in the sweltering summer heat, they should be demanding electricity choice and deregulation.

07/23/2006
Op-Ed: Oregon Family Tax Cut Measure Approved For The November Ballot

FreedomWorks Oregon members, led by state Director Russ Walker, are cheering the news that their efforts to qualify a tax relief ballot measure have succeeded.

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Op-Ed: Oregon Family Tax Cut Measure Approved For The November Ballot

BY Tim King

FreedomWorks Oregon members, led by state Director Russ Walker, are cheering the news that their efforts to qualify a tax relief ballot measure have succeeded.

07/22/2006
"Oregon Family Tax Cut" Measure Approved for the Ballot

FreedomWorks Oregon members, led by state Director Russ Walker, today cheered the news that their efforts to qualify a tax relief ballot measure have succeeded! FreedomWorks received official approval earlier today from the state Secretary of State that the measure is certified for the ballot. The measure, which will now be considered by Oregon voters this fall, would give Oregon taxpayers the option of taking either the state personal exemption or the more generous federal exemption. The effective result of this measure will be several hundred dollars a year in lower taxes for the typical Oregonian.

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"Oregon Family Tax Cut" Measure Approved for the Ballot

FreedomWorks Oregon members, led by state Director Russ Walker, today cheered the news that their efforts to qualify a tax relief ballot measure have succeeded! FreedomWorks received official approval earlier today from the state Secretary of State that the measure is certified for the ballot. The measure, which will now be considered by Oregon voters this fall, would give Oregon taxpayers the option of taking either the state personal exemption or the more generous federal exemption. The effective result of this measure will be several hundred dollars a year in lower taxes for the typical Oregonian.

07/21/2006
Tax cut measure makes fall ballot

An initiative that would slice about $400 million a year from the state's budget by cutting Oregonians' income taxes has qualified for the November ballot, elections officials said Friday. The measure, which is backed by the Oregon chapter of FreedomWorks, an anti-tax group, would reduce state income taxes for most middle-income Oregonians by about $130 per exemption claimed for an individual, a spouse and dependents.

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Tax cut measure makes fall ballot

BY Julia Silverman

An initiative that would slice about $400 million a year from the state's budget by cutting Oregonians' income taxes has qualified for the November ballot, elections officials said Friday. The measure, which is backed by the Oregon chapter of FreedomWorks, an anti-tax group, would reduce state income taxes for most middle-income Oregonians by about $130 per exemption claimed for an individual, a spouse and dependents.

07/21/2006

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