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Conservative Tax Reform - November 2017

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Critics say the Republican leader's $1 billion list offers few new ideas.
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Critics say the Republican leader's $1 billion list offers few new ideas.

BY STEVE LAW

A leading state politician sometimes referred to as Oregon’s “shadow governor” offered a budget-balancing plan Monday to replace the $1.2 billion tax package he hopes voters will overturn in a Feb. 3 referendum. Kevin Mannix, the Salem lawyer who narrowly lost the 2002 governor’s race but remains in the limelight as Oregon Republican Party chairman, proposed a $1 billion list of ideas, mostly borrowing from past proposals. Topping his list: withdrawing wage and benefits increases won by state workers and school employees for 2003-05, effective this month.

12/09/2003
Nightly Business Report
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Nightly Business Report

BY Paul Kangas, Susie Gharib

PAUL KANGAS, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT ANCHOR: The blue chips close at their highest point this year as investors bet the Federal Reserve will keep interest rates at their lowest level in years. The Dow gains more than 102 points. The NASDAQ closes up 11. SUSIE GHARIB, NIGHTLY BUSINESS REPORT ANCHOR: The new Medicare bill is now the law of the land. President Bush signs the landmark measure, calling it the greatest advance in health care since the program began. But opponents are calling it a hoax.

12/08/2003
Will the 108th Congress Fail?
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Will the 108th Congress Fail?

This session of the 108th Congress will perhaps be remembered for its insatiable spending habits, with federal spending hitting new highs while the deficit soared to $374 billion —a jump of $216 billion over last year. At a time when both houses of Congress and the executive branch are controlled by Republicans, many have begun to wonder if this is, in fact, the party of limited government. Looking beyond the question of spending, there is scant evidence to suggest that limited government is a dominant theme in Washington.

12/04/2003
Voters to decide tax increase
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Voters to decide tax increase

BY STEVE LAW AND PETER WONG

Oregon voters will get the final say on whether they should pay more taxes to ease the state’s budget crisis. Critics of a $1.2 billion tax-increase package passed by the 2003 Legislature gathered more than double the number of petition signatures required to place the issue before voters. Secretary of State Bill Bradbury said Wednesday that the referendum will appear as Measure 30 on a special Feb. 3 statewide ballot. His staff determined that more than 118,000 valid signatures were submitted — far more than the 50,420 required.

12/04/2003
VALID NAMES ENSURE VOTE ON TAX PLAN
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VALID NAMES ENSURE VOTE ON TAX PLAN

BY James Mayer

JAMES MAYER - The Oregonian Harry Esteve contributed to this story. Summary: Petitions forcing an election are flush with signatures, setting the stage for two months of pros and cons on the Legislature's package Opponents of the Legislature's $800 million tax increase collected more than twice the number of valid signatures needed to put the issue on a Feb. 3 ballot, state elections officials said Wednesday.

12/04/2003
VOTERS WILL DECIDE ON TAX BOOST
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VOTERS WILL DECIDE ON TAX BOOST

BY JAMES MAYER

Harry Esteve contributed to this story. Summary: Opponents get more than double the number of signatures needed on the $800 million increase Opponents of the Legislature's $800 million tax increase collected more than twice the number of valid signatures needed to put the issue on a Feb. 3 ballot, state elections officials said Wednesday. That clears the way for the latest in a long line of political battles over Oregon's government services and the taxes to pay for them.

12/04/2003
We Need a New Budget Process
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We Need a New Budget Process

Congress and the Administration are once again facing gigantic and growing deficits. There are many explanations, but unrestrained spending is the biggest. With the tallies in from the fiscal year ended September 30, spending grew by almost 9% last year and by 21% over the last two years. This is before you consider the supplemental for Iraq, the energy bill, the new entitlement for prescription drugs law, or the omnibus appropriations bill that is still being written and which Congress will consider December 8. Non-military discretionary spending, which the Administration had pledged to hold to 4% growth, actually rose 8.5% - or roughly four times as fast as inflation.

12/03/2003
Chuck Hagel: This measure will not strengthen Medicare
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Chuck Hagel: This measure will not strengthen Medicare

This op-ed was originally published on Wednesday, November 26, 2003, in the Omaha World Herald. The writer, a Republican, is Nebraska's senior U.S. senator. I voted against the Medicare reform bill because it will not strengthen Medicare and does not responsibly address the need for prescription drug coverage. It will add trillions of dollars onto Medicare's current $13.5 trillion in unfunded liabilities for future generations. I voted against this for reasons different from those of many of my Democratic colleagues.

12/03/2003
CSE Announces Opposition to Rhode Island Cell Tax
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CSE Announces Opposition to Rhode Island Cell Tax

Rhode Island politicians want to RAISE YOUR CELL PHONE TAX! Specifically, they want to raise the E-911 tax on your monthly bill to $1.26 per month, or possibly even higher! Why? They claim that the extra funds collected will go to improving the state's E-911 emergency response system. Incredibly though, the current cell phone tax already generates more than enough money to pay for E-911 operations, as well as the proposed improvements.

12/03/2003
CSE Announces Opposition to Rhode Island Cell Tax
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CSE Announces Opposition to Rhode Island Cell Tax

Rhode Island politicians want to RAISE YOUR CELL PHONE TAX! Specifically, they want to raise the E-911 tax on your monthly bill to $1.26 per month, or possibly even higher! Why? They claim that the extra funds collected will go to improving the state's E-911 emergency response system. Incredibly though, the current cell phone tax already generates more than enough money to pay for E-911 operations, as well as the proposed improvements.

12/03/2003

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